Dolphins Likely To Move On From Ryan Tannehill

Miami seems ready to end the Ryan Tannehill era. The Dolphins are preparing to move on from the quarterback this offseason rather than paying out the $19MM he’s owed over the next two years, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald hears. 

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Tannehill has been less than stellar in Miami, but he hasn’t had great support from his offensive line either. The Dolphins will endeavor to fix the front five, but they apparently believe that they can do better under center.

By cutting or trading the QB, the Dolphins would open up $13.2MM in cap space. Alternatively, they could clear out $18.7MM in savings by making him a post-June 1 cut, but that would come with the downside of another dead money hit in 2020.

Even as the Dolphins ponder their next big move at quarterback, they also recognize that Tannehill has had some strong individual performances. Through 16 weeks, the Dolphins have taken 48 sacks, which ranks as the sixth most in the NFL. Tannehill is undoubtedly frustrated about the circumstances around him, but he is choosing not to dwell on outside factors.

You can’t look at the game that way. You have to control what you can control,” Tannehill said. “If you play the what if games you’re not going to be growing as a person and a player.”

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  1. acarneglia

    Tannehill has over 20,000 passing yards in his career and 123 TD’s to 73 INT’s.

  2. I give no fox

    I don’t know about this. While I agree tannehill is not the answer, there isn’t an elite qb talent in this draft worthy of the sacrifice it will take to move up in the draft. So what do they do at QB in 2019? Spend on a stop gap like Flacco? Take a gamble on a guy like bridgewater? It would cost more for a replacement. Unless they go full on tank for 2020’s “stacked” qb class

    • jkoms57

      Well they’ve proven they’re not afraid to draft a QB who isn’t elite in the past….

    • PeterDipersio

      I expect them to make a run at Foles. But I think there best bet would be the draft

      • Ironman_4life

        Photos will be the eagle starting quarterback next season so scratch am

    • crosseyedlemon

      Any other franchise would have made this decision a year ago and taken advantage of a strong QB draft class but the Dolphins management had one of their all too frequent brain cramps. Now they will convince themselves that Bortles can be the answer…lol.

      • I give no fox

        My biggest fear…unless it’s a one year deal and they just embrace the tank. With tannebum rumored to be out, I could see this scenario play out. One year incentive laden deal

  3. Jack0207

    There is some worthy quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. They said the same thing a few years ago when Mahomes and Watson were in the draft.

    • Michael Chaney

      I don’t see anyone that looks like a definite stud outside of Haskins, and they probably played themselves out of his range unless they trade up.

      Jones has the upside and he could be in their range, and maybe they can talk themselves into Grier or Lock, but I still think there’s a drop off after Haskins.

      • I give no fox

        They would have to give up way too much to get Haskins. The giants will be picking in the top 10 and everyone knows they are targeting a qb.

  4. Do you rather have Eli Manning or Ryan Tannehill if you are the Giants? Or Ryan Fitzpatrick? or I’m sure there are other Ryans available.

  5. afsooner02

    Avg at best QB. Wasn’t great at aTm and will never be great in the NFL. Miami is wise to move on from him.

  6. noobsaibot

    The NFL’s financial evaluation of quarterbacks reminds me of baseball’s financial evaluation of starting pitchers in that even mediocre or sub-average players can make quite a deal of money. It speaks to how difficult it is to play the position as a player, and how hard it is to find consistency as a GM. It’s hard to justify paying such astronomical dollars to the Tannehill’s of the world when your team is missing playoffs, but if you have someone like Nathan Peterman starting for your team then Tannehill sounds like a savior.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    Frankly though, Miami needs a bit more than a potential upgrade at QB and with Brady/Belichick seemingly in the dwindling stages of their tenure with NE it might be wise to try and hit the wave as they move on. Although that’s easier said than done given Buffalo and NYJ seem to have already gotten a head-start on that course of action.

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