With Jay Cutler as Dolphins QB, Ryan Tannehill now on the outside looking in

Cutler and Tannehill have an interesting relationship dynamic. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

DAVIE—New Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler is coming into an unusual situation in his new job.

This wasn’t a case of a team like Cleveland or Houston not having a proven quarterback and needing a veteran to give themselves a chance. Miami had a guy, Ryan Tannehill, before he injured his left knee last week.

Tannehill became a starter the day he arrived as the No. 8 overall pick and has been at the center of the Dolphins for six years. Most of that locker room still views this as his team, not to mention any loyalty they might have for seventh-year veteran Matt Moore, and that’s an interesting environment for Cutler as he drops in from free agency to take over the starting job.

“It’s tough, it’s tough,” he said when asked about that dynamic. “I’ve been injured before. I know what that feeling is like at quarterback to be hurt and not be able to help your team and kind of feel isolated a little bit like an outcast. It’s hard, and I wish Ryan the best through whatever decision he has to make. I’m sure he’s going to come back stronger.”

That decision is whether or not to undergo season-ending ACL surgery. As it stands today, Tannehill still has the option to rehab his knee and attempt to come back this year.

Cutler’s arrival signals, though, that the Dolphins aren’t planning on having Tannehill this season. There’s little chance he would’ve come out of retirement to be merely a short-term fill-in.

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