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Dolphins Have Spoken To QB Ryan Tannehill Regarding A Long-Term Deal

Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum told reporters on Monday that they have spoken to QB Ryan Tannehill regarding a long-term contract, per Armando Salguero.

  • Tannenbaum said they have communicated what they can do in terms of a long-term agreement to Tannehill and his representatives.
  • However, Tannenbaum admitted that Tannehill playing out the 2016 season under the fifth-year option remains a possibility.

There hasn’t been a lot of buzz regarding a long-term extension for Tannehill in recent months, but it’s at least a positive sign that they have have broached the subject.

Some have mentioned in recent months that Tannehill may have to settle for a similar type of contract to the deals signed by Bengals QB Andy Dalton and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.

The Dolphins have other options at their disposal in regards to Tannehill, such as picking up his fifth-year option and possibly franchising him down the road if he continues to develop.

Tannehill’s option would run the Dolphins 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.