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NFL notebook: Adam Gase confirms Miami Dolphins' interest in Jay Cutler

By The Sports Xchange
NFL notebook: Adam Gase confirms Miami Dolphins' interest in Jay Cutler
Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase looks on during last season's AFC playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase confirmed Saturday that Jay Cutler is interested in potentially joining the team after starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill sustained a serious injury to his left knee.

But Gase said it is premature to assume the former Chicago Bears quarterback will sign with the Dolphins. Gase was Cutler's offensive coordinator with the Bears in 2015.

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"He's interested," Gase said of Cutler after the Dolphins' intrasquad scrimmage. "But we're just trying to figure out everything. You don't expect this to happen. ... I know I need somebody either way. I'd like to know exactly with Ryan first. So that helps me make a decision with what direction to go."

The second-year head coach said he had one preliminary talk with Cutler and the conversation was positive.

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"When I get there, I will be able to tell you, but I don't think it's close to anything," Gase told reporters after the Dolphins' intrasquad scrimmage. "Like I said, I've had one conversation with (Cutler). That's where we're at. I'm dealing with this (team) right now. When I know more, hopefully within the next few days, I will have a better idea of what's going on."

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--The Minnesota Vikings and nose tackle Linval Joseph agreed to a four-year contract extension.

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The extension is worth $50 million with $31.5 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The extension was confirmed by Joseph's agency, SportsTrust Advisors.

Joseph, 28, had a career season in 2016 with 77 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games.

The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Joseph is entering the fourth season of a five-year, free agent deal he signed with the Vikings in 2014.

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--The Arizona Cardinals signed linebackers Josh Bynes and Terence Waugh.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Bynes played the past three seasons with the Detroit Lions (2014-16) after playing three seasons to begin his career with the Baltimore Ravens (2011-13). He entered the league with the Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011 out of Auburn.

In his career, Bynes owns 209 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, a half-sack, one interception, 14 passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 12 special teams tackles in 64 games (28 starts).

The 6-1, 254-pound Waugh is an undrafted rookie free agent from Kent State who was named to the All-MAC first team last year after leading the Golden Flashes with eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss while also collecting 64 tackles and a forced fumble in 12 games.

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--The Indianapolis Colts waived/injured tight end Mo Alie-Cox, a former Virginia Commonwealth University basketball player.

Alie-Cox will revert to the Colts' injured reserve list if he clears waivers, the team announced . The specific nature of the injury was not announced, but he reportedly missed practices earlier in the week while sporting a boot on his left foot.

The Colts also signed free agent tight end Steven Wroblewski.

The 6-7, 252-pound Wroblewski most recently spent time with the Arizona Cardinals. He signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 2 and participated in Arizona's offseason program before being waived on July 27.

--The Houston Texans signed free agent wide receiver Marcus Leak, who was on the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad last season.

The Texans were looking to add depth at wide receiver after Will Fuller broke his collarbone in Wednesday's practice. Fuller is expected to miss two to three months.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Leak went undrafted out of Maryland in 2016 and signed with the Colts. He was cut by the team in June.

--The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Jayson DiManche to add depth at the position.

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The 6-foot-1, 235-pound DiManche rejoins the 49ers after signing with the team on April 7 before being released on May 2.

DiManche, 26, originally signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois in 2013. In two seasons with the Bengals (2013-14), he appeared in 28 games (one start), recording 13 tackles and one pass defensed in addition to 15 tackles on special teams. He also appeared in one postseason game with Cincinnati.

Following his release from the Bengals on Sept. 11, 2015, DiManche spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs before appearing in one game with the Cleveland Browns. He was released from the Browns on Dec. 31, 2015, and signed to the Bengals' practice squad on Jan. 5, 2016, where he spent the remainder of the season. After spending training camp with the Bengals in 2016, he was released from the team on Aug. 29, 2016. The following day he signed with the Detroit Lions and was released on Sept. 3, 2016.

--Jim Gallagher, an executive with the Philadelphia Eagles for 46 years and an inductee in the team's Hall of Fame, died at the age of 88.

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Gallagher, who worked for the team from 1949-95, passed away Friday morning in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., the Eagles announced.

"Jim was one of the kindest and most remarkable men you could ever meet," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "His dedication to this organization went far beyond the 46 years he spent here, and his impact was far reaching.

"Everyone who was fortunate enough to meet Jim knows how much he loved the Eagles, but also how much he truly cared for and invested in the lives of others. To borrow one of his famous phrases, Jim was a 'first-round pick.' On behalf of the entire Eagles family, I would like to extend our condolences to the Gallaghers."

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