Report: Jay Cutler leaning toward turning down Miami Dolphins

Jay Cutler is one option the Dolphins are considering at quarterback. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins‘ exploration of their quarterback options has taken another twist as ESPN reports free agent Jay Cutler is leaning toward declining the chance to play for them.

Cutler, who has been contacted by Miami coach Adam Gase, is inclined to stick with his broadcasting job at Fox for now rather than return to football. He played 11 years for Denver and Chicago, dealing with several injuries along the way. He appeared in just five games last season, completing 59.1 percent of his passes and throwing for four touchdowns against five interceptions.

Gase said this afternoon he had one conversation with Cutler this week, and he expressed interest in joining the Dolphins. It’s more complicated, though, than simply reuniting him with his former offensive coordinator. He would have to come in at a reasonable salary for Miami, and Gase said the team needs to know Ryan Tannehill’s status before it can be straightforward in conversations with any free agent.

Gase also doesn’t buy any reports on where Cutler stands, because he doesn’t think Cutler would relay those thoughts to reporters.

“I know this: The comments about him in the media–it’s not like he’s talking to anybody,” Gase said. “I know that, because that’s not who he is. If he’s got something to say, he’ll talk to me. I know we had a good conversation and I know where everything stands with that.”

Tannehill will be out significant time, but it’s possible he could come back a month or so into the season. That scenario might not be enticing. The Dolphins are also weighing season-ending surgery.

For now, longtime backup Matt Moore is Miami’s starter. He’s been with the team seven years and replaced Tannehill after his injury last December.

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