USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones breaks down the big offseason changes in the AFC East and what to expect in the division for 2017.
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Jay Cutler’s retirement was a brief one.
The former Chicago Bears quarterback reached an agreement with the Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal Sunday, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person was not authorized to speak publicly because the deal had not yet been announced.
The reunion between Cutler and Dolphins head coach Adam Gase comes three days after Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered an injury to his left knee.
The Dolphins and Tannehill have not yet decided on a treatment plan, with options ranging from extended rest to season-ending surgery still on the table. The addition of Cutler gives the Dolphins a solid reinforcement for no matter how long Tannehill is out.
Cutler had retired and signed with Fox to do color analysis of games after he was released by the Bears earlier this year.
But this was the one situation that could have lured the 34-year-old quarterback out of retirement. Cutler and Gase have been friends for years, and Cutler experienced a career renaissance while playing under Gase, then an offensive coordinator, in Chicago in 2015.
He threw for 3,659 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions that season.