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Cutler ‘remains Dolphins top target’ if Tannehill injury ends season

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The Miami Dolphins and Jay Cutler continue to be linked in rumors of the team and player both having interest in a possible contract deal. While there were premature reports that the Dolphins and Cutler had reached an agreement, those have proven to be false, with various media members reporting that some details of a possible contract were discussed, but both sides are still trying to decide if they want to move forward. The Dolphins do not yet have a definitive prognosis on starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s left knee - a knee he injured last year and re-injured last week, while Cutler has to decide if he wants to leave the Fox broadcasting job he is starting this year.

According to a series of tweets from ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, the possibility of a Cutler to the Dolphins contract is still in the works, though it may actually be “unlikely” to ever come to fruition:

The Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley also weighed in on the current Cutler-Dolphins possibility, including the chance that the situation could resolve as early as Sunday.

Cutler has been linked to the Dolphins - and are reportedly the only team for which he would consider returning to football - because of the impact on his career Dolphins head coach Adam Gase had on Cutler’s career. In 2015, Gase was the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, with Cutler as his quarterback. Cutler recorded a career high in passer rating that season.

Currently, Miami has Matt Moore replacing Tannehill with the first team in practices, along with 2016 seventh-round pick Brandon Doughty and free agent addition David Fales on the roster. Tannehill’s knee injury is thought to require either six-to-eight weeks of rehab to fully recover, similar to the prognosis when he injured it in December, or he could require season ending surgery.

The Dolphins play their first preseason game on Thursday versus the Atlanta Falcons.