Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald writes that many around the league believe it’s a “foregone conclusion” that the Dolphins will exercise QB Ryan Tannehill‘s fifth-year option before the start of training camp.
On Wednesday, Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey made it clear that he expects Tannehill be part of their plans in the coming years.
“We are excited about [Tannehill’s] future as a Dolphin,” Hickey said “…We saw a lot of progress [in 2014].”
Beasley mentions that Miami would likely sign Tannehill to a long-term extension before allowing him to play out the 2016 season under the fifth-year option.
Should the Dolphins pick up Tannehill’s option, it would run them close to $15 million for the 2016 season. However, this figure is non-guaranteed and would not prevent them from negotiating a long-term extension.
Tannehill, 26, is finishing up his four-year, $12.668 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $660,000 to go along with a $1.457 million roster bonus next season.
In 2014, Tannehill threw for 4,045 yards while completing 66.4 percent of his passes to go along with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players last year.