DAVIE–Coming to the Miami Dolphins was never on Jay Cutler’s radar prior to last week. He’d gotten comfortable with where his post-NFL broadcasting career with Fox was headed and was enjoying the extra time with his family.
All of that took a stunning turn when he heard Ryan Tannehill went down Thursday. It wasn’t long before Adam Gase texted him to ask whether he was still in football shape, and before Cutler could blink they were talking playbook and contract numbers.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for Cutler, who’s still trying to get everything settled after the upheaval.
“That’s the biggest thing you have to process there,” he said this afternoon. “I think everyone in the room kind of forecasts what they’re going to be doing a week from now, a couple weeks, a month. You kind of have that in your mind of what’s going to happen. We’re going on vacation this week. We start up the Fox thing, head to the preseason games. My son’s birthday is tomorrow.
“So there were things … you just kind of have planned in your life and to get something like this, it takes a little bit to kind of process and figure out what direction you want to go.”
Ultimately, of course, it was worth it to him. With some persistent recruiting by Gase and his wife’s approval, Cutler officially signed with the Dolphins today and is expected to be at practice Tuesday morning. There is no specific timetable for him actually practicing, and Gase already ruled out the possibility of him doing anything in Thursday’s preseason game against the Falcons.
He loves playing for Gase, sees a high ceiling for the Dolphins’ skill players and likes the idea of playing in South Florida. Despite all those reasons to do it, Cutler struggled with the decision to give up retirement.
“It was definitely hard,” he said. “The last four months I’ve been in a different mode, different mindset getting ready for the Fox deal. I was really pretty good with where I was in my life. I was around the kids a lot and felt pretty content. Weighed back and forth on this. I’d probably say my wife Kristin probably talked me into it more than anybody else could.”
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