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Dolphins and Cutler discussing contract

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The Miami Dolphins and free agent quarterback Jay Cutler are discussing a potential contract, according to a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. There is no deal in place, according to Rapoport, but the Dolphins have made it clear that Cutler is their top choice in their current search for a quarterback.

Miami were forced to start looking for a new quarterback to add to the roster when starter Ryan Tannehill re-injured his left knee. The injury, originally sustained in December and thought to have been healed to 100 percent with rehab work and stem cell treatments, involved a partially torn ACL and could result in season-ending surgery. While the Dolphins are still trying to get a full prognosis on Tannehill’s status, including the possibility that Tannehill could return in eight weeks if the knee responds to treatment, they have to look for depth - or a potential starter - to add to the roster.

Rumored details of the contract have indicated a $13 million, one-year deal for Cutler - a number that would indicate he is coming into South Florida as the starting quarterback for 2017. Matt Moore, who started the four games Tannehill missed last year, took the first team reps at quarterback on Friday, the first practice after Tannehill’s injury.

Cutler is tied to Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who served as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator in 2015, coaching Cutler to his best passer rating of his career.