The Dolphins drafted Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M in the 2012 draft as the number eight pick. His contract as a rookie was a four-year deal worth $12.688 million with a fifth-year option.
Within the next six weeks if a long term contract can not be agreed upon, the Dolphins are forced to exercise the fifth-year option. Guaranteeing Tannehill $16 million in 2016 totaling out to be $29 million for his first five years of his NFL career.
“We like the player a lot. Our hope and expectation is he’ll be here for a long time,” Mike Tannenbaum, the Dolphins’ Vice President of Football Operation said about the Dolphins wanting to make Tannehill their long term franchise starting quarterback. Do the Dolphins know April fools day is next week?
This new six-year deal is worth $100 million.
Tannehill has improved by increasing his season totals in passing yards, touchdown passes and passer rating all three years as the starting QB. He has a 61.9 completion percentage, 63 touchdown passes and 11,252 total yards.
Dolphin’s owner, Steve Ross said, “He’s got all the great characteristics you want in a quarterback.”
Tannehill has a 23-25 record as an NFL starter, and has not led the Dolphins to a winning season or the playoffs. A franchise quarterback elevates his teammates. A superstar makes their teammates look better.
Tannehill struggles to connect on long passes or maybe its Mike Wallace’s drop balls. Ross said, “If anybody can say one thing it’s that he hasn’t shown he can connect on the long ball.” This will limit the Dolphins to play short pass offense.
Tannehill threw 42 interceptions and was sacked 139 times and 27 fumbles. WOW!
This fourth season should determine if he is a franchise caliber quarterback. Yes, he is making progress and has improved quite a bit, but the Dolphins should wait and start over again. Six years is too long to continue this losing drought. Exercise the fifth year, and continue to work and flourish and develop him and see how much talent he has after five years.
Remember Jay Cutler had signed a seven-year $126 million contract extension in early 2014 and ended the 2014 season with a 5-11 record. Maybe the Dolphins are hoping that Tannehill ends up like Pittsburgh Steelers franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who brought the city two Super Bowl championships.
Tannehill must lead the Dolphins to the playoffs, but I just don’t see it happening because the AFC East has gotten stronger. Until Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady retire, they will continue to dominate the AFC East division. The New York Jets is also a factor because of the work they put in during free agency: by bringing back Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie with the new addition James Carpenter; furthermore, the Buffalo Bills added LeSean McCoy.