Talk in Miami of Dolphins taking a first-round quarterback

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Ryan Tannehill is still, when healthy, the Dolphins’ starting quarterback. But he may have competition soon.

The Miami Herald reports that there appears to be some willingness within the Dolphins organization to consider taking a quarterback with the 11th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Whether a quarterback they like will be there when the 11th pick comes up remains to be seen, but they’ve been linked to Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. Projections are all over the map about whether Mayfield would still be on the board when the Dolphins pick.

Tannehill is still under contract for three more seasons, all at salaries under $20 million, which is looking more and more affordable by starting quarterback standards in today’s NFL. But Tannehill hasn’t played since suffering the first of two serious knee injuries in December of 2016, and he’ll be 30 in July. It’s possible the Dolphins think Tannehill’s best days are behind him. If so, it would make sense to go shopping for his replacement.

42 responses to “Talk in Miami of Dolphins taking a first-round quarterback

  1. Or it could be that they really think Tannehill’s best days are behind him. He’s never struck me as the guy that is going to take a team over the top. That said, neither do any of these guys coming out of college. I know (if you listen to the headlines) that I am in the minority, but I am not sold on one QB coming out of the draft making any kind of impact any time soon. And I don’t just mean holding a clipboard until the bye. I mean a long time.

  2. This would be a shock only to Dolphins fans. Scamehill is like Ryan Leaf with better brand awareness.

  3. Tannehill is still under contract for three more seasons, all at salaries under $20 million, which is looking more and more affordable by starting quarterback standards in today’s NFL.

    All of the Eagles qb salaries combined are more affordable than Tannehill, and they won the freakin SB.

  4. Definitely just a smokescreen to get Buffalo to be more aggressive with draft capital. They see the Bills moving up in the world this draft with six picks in the first 3 rounds and they don’t want that gap to widen already trailing the Patriots by 5-10 years.

  5. “Tannehill’s best days were never in front of him.”

    Have to disagree. Tannehill is a good, middle of the pack starter. The problem in Miami is he’s rarely had anything but a terrible Oline in front of him. The couple years he’s been there the Oline was decent he played pretty well.

    When bad GMs don’t invest much in offensive linemen, QB play always suffers.

  6. This team isn’t going anywhere with Tannehill so they better draft a young to take over the next time Tannehill gets hurt.

  7. The NFL is rigged. Go back and look at the direction of the ball on field goals last year. You can see the ball slightly being jerked in the direction that the league wants it to go. Go back and watch the big plays in the super bowls. The ball seems to levitate in the air to create the opportunity for a big play. Big plays sell! Watch the David Tyree catch in the super bowl. Watch the Edelman catch in the super bowl.

  8. I think the Dolphins might trade with the Browns sending Tannelhill to Cleveland and a bunch of 2018 and future picks. The Dolphins end up with Darnold,Rosen or Allen and the Browns with Mayfield. The Browns want to save face at drafting Mayfield so high and the haul of picks might pacify fan reaction (kinda).

  9. Baker will be a good fit no matter where he goes, players gravitate to him. But Tannehill to me is still the same player he was coming out of college early. Always had the athleticism, make throws but he hasn’t really progressed into the player he was projected to be. The “next year” has morphed into years “well maybe this year”….

  10. Tannehill, Tannehill, Tannehill It’s amazing what teams try
    to sell you, and then We are looking for a QB! He was never the answer
    they tried to sell Bridgewater in Minn.. same

  11. In all seriousness. The SuperBowl CHAMPIONs ( never gets old) Eagles have had 2 good QBs for years and after last sasons proof of needing 2 QBs to win, the league is doing it’s usual copy the winner thing. You will see many more teams not go with just one starting caliber QB. You need TWO to win in this league. Not to mention Tannehill really isn’t elite

  12. My Dolphins should ABSOLUTELY trade or release Tannehill. We are one of the worst off teams salary cap wise, 6 million OVER at the moment. In contrast, the Jets in our division have nearly 100 MILLION in cap space! Releasing Tannehill would free up 15M this year and 20M in 2019 and 2020. Drafting a QB who would be on a rookie contract for years would help dig us out of salary cap hell and it wouldn’t take much for that rook to inspire our team and our fans more than does Tannehill, whose average play year over year has worn thin.

  13. Miami taking a QB in the first round this year ? It’ll never happen; the Dolphins still believe that if they extend their own NFL record for taking (non quarterback) offensive players in round one, to prop up Tannehill, that he’ll someday become an elite QB. Everyone other than the Dolphins knows that will never happen, but they’ll keep trying until Ryan is 35 or so.
    Meanwhile, Miami has drafted fewer defensive players in the first round than any other NFL team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger over the past dozen years, and their defense, despite the presence of Ndamukong Suh, still stinks. But go ahead and keep trying to win shootouts with a quarterback who has absolutely no pocket awareness, Miami.

  14. In the last 20 years only 3 Miami 1st round picks have made a pro bowl Ronnie Brown, Jake Long and Pouncey. Who cares who they take at 11! Given Miami’s track record they will be middle of the road “jobbers” at best!

  15. I think the Dolphins might trade with the Browns sending Tannelhill to Cleveland and a bunch of 2018 and future picks. The Dolphins end up with Darnold,Rosen or Allen and the Browns with Mayfield. The Browns want to save face at drafting Mayfield so high and the haul of picks might pacify fan reaction (kinda).

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    Why in the world would Cleveland want Tannehill? Why would they give up picks for him. And this is coming from a Miami fan.

  16. Ryan Tannehill was a terrible pick and the Dolphins were stuck with him for years because of it. He’s good enough to keep getting chances but has not done anything with them. Time to move on. Miami would be smart to draft Baker Mayfield so that fans will attend the games.

  17. Good Thill or bad Thill opinions really don’t matter. If that knee goes bad again there is nobody next up. Looking at QB options needs to be looked into seriously.

  18. The Fins have too many Tanne’s.

    Tannehill would be an improvement for at least a dozen teams. Tannehill is a middling mediocre QB, and that’s the definition of mediocre. Any comparisons of him to the washout Ryan Leaf, or statements about him not being good enough for the loser Browns, are asinine. The guy can start in the NFL, but of course he’s no franchise QB. The Fins do need to look elsewhere for top 5 or even 10 QB play.

    The cap mess is all Tannebaum’s fault. Surprise!

  19. Tannehill is middle of the pack. He’s not great, but he’s not a liability like Mark Sanchez. Before the Dolphins look to replace him look at the rest of the roster. If they got a better QB is the roster good enough to make a deep playoff run?

  20. “This is Rick Spielman at his best, a smokescreen. He’s never showing his card.”
    ________________

    Now, if only he ever had a decent hand to show.

  21. Tannehill doesn’t have what it takes to win it all. It was already clear when they gave him the big contract, it’s clear now. At this point it’s fair to say he’s a poor man’s Blake Bortles.

    But if the choice is between him and a huge gamble like Mayfield, you stick w Ryan for another season.

    Better yet, get into the Cousins sweepstakes, sign the guy and cut Tannehill outright.

  22. Sweet. Tannehill sux and it only took a few years for Tannenbaum to oversee the Dolphins into salary cap hell with a below average roster, talent-wise. So predictable.

    Last Super Bowl win, January 13, 1974. That’s quite a run of bad luck……

  23. with all the strange rumors coming out of HQ in miami… I’m wondering if they are spreading strange rumors to sectors of the building to find leaks. Every week theres something (trading jarvis, keeping jarvis, getting kirk cousins, getting tyrod taylor, drafting a qb, trading tannehill). ridiculous amount of info is seems loose lips are a concern.

  24. I hate our fans down here in Miami, such bandwagon front-runners.. Same fans that walked out on the Miami Heat in Game 6 in 2013 (only for Ray Allen to seal the deal)
    I hope they trade Tannehill and he becomes even more successful just so our “fans” look dumb, once again
    Signed,
    TRUE MIAMI SPORTS FAN

  25. “Last Super Bowl win, January 13, 1974. That’s quite a run of bad luck…”

    Actually it was January 14, 1973.

  26. The bottom line in Miami is that Ryan Tannehill is not the QB of the future. He will QB this year but the Dolphins will be looking at other options for the long term future…..

  27. Dolphins had Marino and Shula…ZERO SUPER BOWLS!!!! Miami fans keep thinking a qb and coach is all you need. EVERY YEAR the teams with the best olines and dlines win. This year should of been proof that a superstar qb doesn’t always win. Miami fans are the worst. Absolutely nothing wrong with Tannehill besides him having that high school offensive line. Bushrod, Davis, Larsen, are nobodies but let’s keep them and get rid of Tannehill. Stay smart Miami!!

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