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The Miami Dolphins have signed briefly retired former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10 million deal after their starting QB, Ryan Tannehill, suffered a likely season-ending knee injury.
Cutler's one-year contract also includes up to $3 million in incentives, NFL.com reported.
The desperate signing by the Dolphins also means that Colin Kaepernick's chances of mounting a comeback as a QB in the NFL are increasingly long. The Dolphins were reportedly looking at Kaepernick as a possible replacement for Tannehill but clearly ended up deciding against it.
Plus, many Miami fans probably wouldn't have been thrilled with the signing given that Kaepernick also once wore a pro-Fidel Castro t-shirt.
The Baltimore Ravens have also shown some lukewarm interest in signing Kaepernick, but the team's owner is reportedly resistant to the idea, too. The bottom line is that the controversial quarterback might just be running out of options.
Kaepernick supporters were apparently stunned that the Dolphins picked Cutler over Kaepernick, For The Win reported:
Kaepernick became one of the most divisive professional sports stars in the country after he took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America. He also openly opposed President Donald Trump.
“He always says make America great again. Well, America has never been great for people of color. And that's something that needs to be addressed,” he said previously of Trump. “Let's make America great for the first time.”
Since then, some have accused NFL teams of “blackballing” Kaepernick because of his political views — and others have suggested it's because of the color of his skin.