We'll have Tannehill as the starter next year.
I'd say yes, but his cap might be an issue. We need insurance behind him. He has improved but there are still questions about him.
Said it a bunch before and I'll say it again. Miami can restructure his contract to make his cap hit around $14 million for next year which saves them $6 million.
He will be back as the starter per Ian Rapapport last Thursday. He's already running and throwing (if you've seen the pregame videos of him).
Some (well one) here may not like it but that is what the brass has decided.
The most likely cuts for next year were Byron Maxwell and Julius Thomas (one already done). Thomas is a Gase guy so I bet they cut him and re-sign him to a much smaller deal. He will not have a market.
Miami's tougher decisions will be if they want to extend Jarvis Landry, William Hayes, Damien Williams and Michael Thomas. If my math is correct they can open up about $35 million in cap space by several cuts and restructures.
I expect them to draft multiple interior linemen (including Pouncey's future successor) and a QB in Round 2 or 3 who they might be able to compete with Tannehill sooner than later. Don't be surprised if David Fales is considered as a backup option for next year. It was a little telling that they didn't promote Brandon Doughty but that also could be due to PS eligibility if he's called up.
I don't think Cutler returns as a backup nor will Miami pay him what he wants again. They'll probably let Matt Moore test the market but its clear now they have zero interest in him starting for a long stretch. Gase referred to Fales as a "gamer" so maybe he gets to be the next Matt Moore.