Jay Cutler’s base salary is a bargain for Miami

AP

New Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler reportedly will have a $10 million base salary for 2017, plus incentives. Setting aside the incentives (the triggers and the amounts are currently unknown), the contract is a bargain for Miami.

Twenty-two starters will make more than $10 million this year, with a $5 million gap between Cutler and No. 22: New Bears quarterback Mike Glennon.

Only two projected Week One starters not operating on slotted rookie deals will make less than Cutler this year: Brian Hoyer ($6 million) and Josh McCown ($6 million).

With Cutler clearly the best available option, he arguably could have pushed for more. The Dolphins found a way to get him to agree to play for very low-end starter money. Which is the silver lining in the sh-tstorm the descended on South Florida when Ryan Tannehill‘s knee buckled on Thursday.

The incentives will tell more of the story. But Cutler could have driven a harder bargain, if he’d wanted to. The fact that he’s returning for less than he could have gotten suggests that he realizes the opportunity he now has to fight for his first postseason berth since his second season in Chicago, seven long years ago.

39 responses to “Jay Cutler’s base salary is a bargain for Miami

  1. RGIII and Kaepernick have been working out and staying in top shape, while Cutler has been sitting around eating Bon-Bons and getting ready for a TV gig. Yet not a sniff of interest for Kaepernick or RGIII but they run right to Cutler. Hmmmmmm. Kaepernick and Griffin are black, and Cutler is white. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment between the players?

  2. Maybe Cutler knows, has worked with, and had success with Miami’s head coach and his system. Less of a learning curve for the guy. As Freud said — “sometimes a cigar is only a cigar.”

  3. $10 million is a good deal for the team, but they are also paying Tannehill over $17 million and his cap hit is over $20 million. That’s $30 million for what amounts to a pretty average quarterback.

  4. @briang123. RGIII stinks, and cant stay healthy. The Redskins would rather pay Kirk Cousins $25M, than take RG3 for minimum.

  5. No one thinks cutler will do anything positive. He is a name. The dolphins need to convince their fans they have s shot at the playoffs to sell tickets. Tannehill isn’t playing this season. Cutler is a name. The dolphins will win 5-6 games and they will still sell tickets. It is what it is

  6. LET’S BE HONEST:

    Miami isn’t gonna down anything with that wide receiving corps.

    – #1 WR Jarvis Landry is pretty good… but… small for a #1 WR
    – #2 WR Devonte Parker is playing at a mediocre #2 WR NFL level
    – #3 WR Kenny Stills – Now… you see why Drew Brees/N.O. got rid of him – under-performing

    Miami’s tight end depth is beyond sad – Julius Thomas, Anthony Fasano, and MarQueis Gray are done.

    EVERYONE will blame it all on Jay Cutler.
    So… Miami’s below average receiving corps won’t get blamed for anything.

  7. The race card is always there excuse. The Cubans in Miami would have a fit if the Castro fan would have gotten the job. Bill

  8. Keep banging that drum that every player should be paid more than whatever they are being paid now.

    If any team had offered Cutler 5 mill to be a backup he’d be on a roster. On top of that this is a coach that got the best year out of him career wise and in a warm location unlike Chicago in the winter. Add into that good receivers and a solid running game and the intangibles are off the charts for him.

    Cutler probably went out and bought a lottery ticket after he signed the contract.

  9. I didn’t realize the most important thing the Dolphins needed in a QB was being white. Thanks for pointing that out briang123.

  10. Was ready to move on from Cutler as a Bears fan (years ago…) but wish him well in Miami. Hoping this means we don’t ever have to see his buttcrack on instagram (or anywhere else) ever again.

  11. briang123 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm
    RGIII and Kaepernick have been working out and staying in top shape, while Cutler has been sitting around eating Bon-Bons and getting ready for a TV gig. Yet not a sniff of interest for Kaepernick or RGIII but they run right to Cutler. Hmmmmmm. Kaepernick and Griffin are black, and Cutler is white. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment between the players?

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    Adam Gase coached Cutler during Cutlers finest year in the NFL. Gase and Cutler have a positive history. Gase hasn’t had any experience with either RGIII or Colin Kaepernick.

    Good try on the race angle.

  12. “With Cutler CLEARLY the best available option”……..
    What happened to the PFT Keapernik bandwag…. errrrr I mean active campaign?
    Glad to see reason has returned

  13. Cutler is not an upgrade over Matt Moore—–hasn’t played/practiced since last year and has been in retirement mode for weeks. No matter who the starter is, Miami has basically taken on 10 million dollar contract to have a decent backup QB.

  14. briang123

    Listen guy, I’m all about giving Kaep a look but let’s be honest… Cutler is better than both Rg3 and Kaep combined .. no need to bring race into it. Cutler is a more experienced QB with some history with Gase, it really doesn’t have to be that hard you clown.

  15. how is 30 million for 3 qbs a bargain?

    lol

    why do so many people not understand the cap

    tannehlil is one of the severely overpaid qbs

    and now so is cutler…still

  16. pastabelly says:
    August 6, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    $10 million is a good deal for the team, but they are also paying Tannehill over $17 million and his cap hit is over $20 million. That’s $30 million for what amounts to a pretty average quarterback.

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    no idea why that is not understood

    moore makes 5 million so they over 30 in qbs alone

    cap hell

    cuts looming

  17. I recall the last time the Dolphins picked up a veteran QB off the garbage pile. Old noodle arm Pennington with whom they won the division. And yes Brady was injured. Oh well who knows.

  18. Hard to read “bargain” and a “$10,000,000 1yr base salary” in the same sentence. Reminds us again why taxpayers have to pay anything towards their $500 Million stadium renovation. When the Dolphin’s believe $10 Million is chump change found in sofa cushions.

  19. doctorrustbelt says:
    August 6, 2017 at 10:40 pm
    Miami isn’t gonna down anything with that wide receiving corps.
    – #1 WR Jarvis Landry is pretty good… but… small for a #1 WR
    – #2 WR Devonte Parker is playing at a mediocre #2 WR NFL level
    – #3 WR Kenny Stills – Now… you see why Drew Brees/N.O. got rid of him – under-performing
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    Wow. “pretty good”? Suggest you don’t take up sports gambling as a career

  20. Nothing will make MIA fans crap their pants like Cutler’s history of throwing a 4th QTR INT to snatch a loss from the jaws of victory!

  21. Jay Cutler is CLEARLY the best option available? I wonder if he knows Cutler had a torn Labrum on his throwing side just a year ago and looks like a fat whale right now. Seems false. Oh and he’s capable of throwing 26 int’s in a season too. He’s going to hurt a really good team this year.

  22. When the line gave him protection, he could pick apart a defense. But most of the time he was being hammered or running for his life.
    If Miami’s line can keep him upright, he will do fine. Chicago had problems, but they were more from coaching than Cutler.

  23. briang123 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm
    RGIII and Kaepernick have been working out and staying in top shape, while Cutler has been sitting around eating Bon-Bons and getting ready for a TV gig. Yet not a sniff of interest for Kaepernick or RGIII but they run right to Cutler. Hmmmmmm. Kaepernick and Griffin are black, and Cutler is white. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment between the players?

    Right on Briang! In fact, the white players on every team should be replaced by black players. Coaches as well. Heck, let’s turn over ownership of every team to blacks. The whites can sell popcorn and clean toilets if that’s ok. I’d welcome this change since we would never again have to hear foolish claims of racism any time a white player gets picked.

  24. briang123 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    RGIII and Kaepernick have been working out and staying in top shape, while Cutler has been sitting around eating Bon-Bons and getting ready for a TV gig. Yet not a sniff of interest for Kaepernick or RGIII but they run right to Cutler. Hmmmmmm. Kaepernick and Griffin are black, and Cutler is white. What could possibly account for the difference in treatment between the players?
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    Simple, Cutler has played in Gase’s system and succeeded in it.

    RGIII can’t stay healthy, and (unfortunately) Kap is being blackballed for his protest last year (agreee with him or not), not because he’s black.

    Please, save the race card for when it’s real, not everything is about race.

  25. imonfire2niteoyeah says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:30 am
    Enough with the race card. The dolphins picked Daunte culpepper over drew brees.
    ———————–
    That was because Drew had a blacker heart, or mood, or was it cat? – no, car, that was it, car – but Saints found out his car was actually charcoal grey, and the rest is history.

  26. Didn’t know they had a gym in ghana.Learn something new everyday.What has kap been working on..completing 2 out of 5 passes,that would be an improvement over his 1-5 debacle against chicago last year…his great skills shined through in that game I tell you.

  27. If Cutler is clearly the best option, the options are awful. He is constantly injured and has only 1 pretty good year in the last decade. With a team that wants to play keepaway, I would get Kaep instead.

  28. Cutler knows Gase’ offense plus he’s never kneeled during the National Anthem and he thinks Fidel Castro sucks. Seems much better than the famous kneeler…👍

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