Might Jay Cutler be the Miami Dolphins quarterback for more than just one season? According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, if a few key chips fall the right way it’s “certainly possible.”
“FOX has a three-man booth for him,” Rapoport noted. “They’re keeping it warm. It’s going to go on with Charles Davis now, and Kevin Burkhardt. Presumably, this is just a one-year thing for Jay Cutler. But of course, if he’s having success, if they’re going well, if they can make sure that this is a long-term deal rather than a short-term deal, it’s certainly possible that it can be more than just one year.”
Rapoport also noted that Carson Palmer was actually retired in 2011 before getting dealt from the Cincinnati Bengals to the Oakland Raiders, and that he’s still playing.
Certainly, it’s a given that if Cutler plays well, he’s more likely to return after 2017.
What’s more noteworthy is the idea that the Dolphins would consider Cutler as a long-term option. Ryan Tannehill may not play in 2017, but he’s still a relatively young quarterback at the age of 29.
Even if it’s not an especially serious thought, if Miami is considering Cutler as a potential long-term option, it’s fair to at least wonder what Tannehill’s long-term future is with the franchise. Though he’s signed through 2020 on his current deal, the Dolphins have an out after this season without much consequence to the cap.