Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Monday during NFL Total Access that the Dolphins plan to turn their attention to signing QB Ryan Tannehill to a long-term contract before the start of the 2015 season.
According to Rapoport, the two sides have had no formal discussions up to this point, but Miami plans to focus in on an extension for Tannehill now that they’ve locked up C Mike Pouncey.
The Dolphins have yet to pick up Tannehill’s fifth-year option, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them do so in the coming weeks to ensure that he remains under team control through the 2016 season.
Tannehill’s option would run the Dolphins close to $16 million for the 2016 season. However, this figure is non-guaranteed and won’t prevent them from negotiating a long-term extension.
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, but we’ll have to see how talks go in the coming months and if this is even a consideration.
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.