NFL Notebook: Cutler agrees to deal with Dolphins

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August 06, 2017 at 9:16 pm.

Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes the ball during the third quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes the ball during the third quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

The deal also includes incentives that could push Cutler’s income to $13 million.

Cutler was sought by the Dolphins after starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill sustained a serious injury to his left knee on Thursday. The former Chicago quarterback worked with Dolphins coach Adam Gase when the latter was offensive coordinator of the Bears in 2015.

Cutler was released by the Bears this offseason and retired to take a television job with Fox Sports as a TV analyst in May. He indicated he would consider a return to the NFL under the right circumstances.

The Dolphins have not announced a timetable for Tannehill’s recovery or even if he will undergo surgery, which likely would be season-ending.

Cutler, 34, enjoyed success in his one season playing under Gase. He compiled a career-best 92.3 quarterback rating. He passed for 3,659 yards and 21 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

–The San Francisco 49ers’ worst fears were realized regarding an injury suffered by linebacker Malcolm Smith on Saturday as an MRI exam revealed a torn pectoral muscle that is likely to sideline him the entire season.

Immediately after Saturday’s practice, coach Kyle Shanahan said Smith would probably be out for a long period, but might be able to return sometime this season. His chances of returning this season were diminished considerably by the MRI findings, which were confirmed by the team.

Smith joined the 49ers as a free agent in March after signing a five-year, $26.5 million deal. He played in 15 games, including 14 starts, for the Oakland Raiders last season, and he started all 16 games in 2015, when he had four sacks for the Raiders.

Smith was the MVP of the Super Bowl following the 2013 season while playing for the Seattle Seahawks

–Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins has been suspended 10 games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances for the second time, the league announced.

Collins, 24, served a four-game suspension last season for his first offense.

“We are extremely disappointed that for the second straight season we are dealing with a suspension for Jalen,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. “Such are the consequences when certain choices are made. Our decisions going forward will be based on what (coach) Dan (Quinn) and I feel is best for the team.”

Collins is allowed to participate in practice and preseason games during his suspension, which starts at the beginning of the regular season. He is eligible to return to the Falcons’ active roster on Nov. 21.

–New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft surprised Tom Brady’s mother with a Super Bowl LI ring in recognition of her health scare fighting cancer and the impact it had on her son last season.

Brady collected his fifth Super Bowl ring in February when the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

Brady dedicated the game to his mother, Galynn Brady, and said the victory was that much more special when she was able to travel to Houston for the Super Bowl. Kraft revealed after the game that Galynn underwent chemotherapy and radiation to treat cancer throughout the 2016 season. Brady’s father, Tom Sr., previously told the Boston Globe that Galynn finished cancer treatments in April.

–The New Orleans Saints added a second kicker, Patrick Murray, to their 90-man roster.

Murray agreed to a deal with the Saints, according to a tweet from his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod.

Murray spent the 2014 season as the kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making 20 of 24 field goals and all 31 extra points in 16 games. He spent the 2015 season on injured reserve and was released after the Bucs drafted Roberto Aguayo in the second round in 2016.

Murray landed with the Browns last season and spent just two weeks kicking for the team before a knee injury ended his season.