New England Patriots: Jay Cutler will not be a threat in AFC East

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Jay Cutler (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback Jay Cutler (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly signed quarterback Jay Cutler. Should the New England Patriots be worried about this move?

Prior to the start of training camp, the Miami Dolphins were considered as the only competition for the New England Patriots in the AFC East. After making the playoffs last season, the Dolphins were certainly a team that might be able to challenge New England for the division crown this season.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, their starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill suffered a knee injury and is expected to miss the entire season. Like most teams, losing their starting quarterback has really deflated the Dolphins.

As a team that had playoff expectations this season, now their season is very much in limbo. With Tannehill done, the Dolphins went out and made a move that they hope will be able to save their season. They have reportedly reached a one-year deal with quarterback Jay Cutler to be their new quarterback.

Before signing with the Dolphins, Cutler has spent the last seven seasons with the Chicago Bears. Despite having a lot of the physical tools that you would look for in a quarterback, Cutler has never reached his potential in the NFL.

With the Bears last season, Cutler played in just five games, as he totaled four touchdown passes and five interceptions. It certainly looked like Cutler was ready to call it quits prior to the Dolphins reaching out to him. Now, he will be attempting to rejuvenate his career and save the Dolphins’ season.

Considering how he looked last year, it would be hard to expect Cutler to be able to save the Dolphins. While the Dolphins still might be the second-best team in the AFC East, they certainly are well behind the Patriots in the AFC East now.

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The Dolphins did the best that they could to save their season, however, they will now likely be focusing solely on trying to be a wild card team in the AFC.