MIAMI – Without throwing a pass, the Dolphins newest quarterback received a rock star welcome to South Florida.
Jay Cutler arrived Monday in Miami to begin his Dolphins career.
Cutler was seen walking through Miami International Airport, escorted by Miami-Dade police officers so as to avoid any onlookers from storming the man who agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Unfortunately, Cutler's arrival came over an hour after the rest of the team began practice at the training facility in Davie. The new quarterback is expected to go through his first practice Tuesday morning.
Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said Cutler will not play in Thursday night's preseason game, but will see action soon.
"(Cutler) didn't come out of retirement to stand on the sideline," Gase said after Monday's practice.
Cutler agreed to return to the NFL Sunday after a brief retirement following the knee injury to Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill is expected to undergo season-ending knee surgery in the coming days or weeks.
Gase was Cutler's offensive coordinator when the two were were with the Bears during the 2015 season.
Meanwhile, Tannehill's backup quarterback, Matt Moore, said it's business as usual as he prepares for the upcoming season.
"In training camp, there's tons to work on, there's tons going on, obviously, so I'm singing the same old song," Moore said. "It's getting better every day, learning from the previous day, working with the guys that are here now, and that's my mindset."
Moore said he's spoken with Gase about "what was going on, and that was it."