Momentum for a Jay Cutler return continues to pick up in a hurry.
Just hours after it was reported Friday that the Dolphins have already reached out to the veteran quarterback, a source told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post that Cutler indeed wants to resume his NFL career and reunite with Miami head coach Adam Gase.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adds that the Dolphins have discussed a potential deal with representatives for Cutler, who is the top choice for any addition made under center.
The connection between player and team began to take shape when the Dolphins lost Ryan Tannehill to a potentially significant knee injury in Thursday’s training camp practice.
Cutler announced his retirement from football in May, repeatedly stating over the following weeks that he was content to move on to broadcasting without looking back.
The Dolphins may present the perfect situation for Cutler’s quick return to the field, though, since he’s familiar with Gase’s offensive system and would be joining a team with its sights set on another playoff berth.
In Gase’s lone season as offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears, Cutler played at what may have been the most efficient level of his career. Despite his No. 1 receiver being forced in and out of the lineup due to injury, the Vanderbilt product connected on 64.4 percent of passes for 3,659 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.
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