It was clear that a contract extension was coming for a quarterback in the 2012 draft class, but it’s probably not the one that immediately comes to mind.
The Miami Dolphins announced they’ve agreed to an extension with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, reportedly for six years and $96 million. According to Adam Schefter, $45 million will be guaranteed.
Dolphins are giving QB Ryan Tanehill a six-year, $96 million extension that includes $45 million guaranteed, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 18, 2015
Tannehill signs before Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, who were each drafted in 2012.
For comparison’s sake, Tannehill’s deal is the same amount of years as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but for less money. Kaepnernick signed a six-year deal worth $126 million and $61 million guaranteed.
Tannehill has improved in each of his three seasons. Last year, his quarterback rating was 92.8 compared to the previous season’s rating of 81.7. He threw for 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, better than last year’s 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Factor in the targets that he was working with, and you have reason to believe Tannehill is worth locking up.
Gone are Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. In are DeVante Parker, Jordan Cameron and Kenny Stills. Up are the world’s expectations for Tannehill.
The Dolphins have put together a solid core on the offensive side of the football. Stability is one thing that isn’t certain in the AFC East, as a glance at the quarterback turnstyles in Buffalo and New York will show you. If nothing else, the Dolphins found themselves stability with this deal.