Report: Dolphins told Ryan Tannehill he’ll start if they draft a first-round QB

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The Dolphins are sufficiently interested in drafting a first-round quarterback that they’re doing some damage control with their current quarterback.

As they consider the possibility of taking a quarterback, and perhaps even moving into the top 10 to get one, the Dolphins told Ryan Tannehill that they’re committed to him as their starting quarterback in 2018 even if they draft another quarterback, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Realistically, however, if the Dolphins draft a first-round quarterback, their actions say they’re ready to move on from Tannehill. Although Tannehill could start another season with a rookie behind him, just as Alex Smith did in Kansas City last year, it would signal that Tannehill is on the way out, just as Smith was traded by Kansas City this year.

Whether a quarterback falls to the Dolphins at No. 11, or whether they move up to get one, the mere fact that they have to assure Tannehill he’s their starter in 2018 suggests that there’s a good chance he won’t be their starter in 2019.

61 responses to “Report: Dolphins told Ryan Tannehill he’ll start if they draft a first-round QB

  1. I’m assuming competition amongst highly paid professional athletes is a bad thing… No wonder they can’t out of their own way.

  2. Why do teams cuddle their QBS like this? Tannehill is an average QB at best and the Dolphins would be well within their rights to move on from him. So even if the guy they draft is better than Tannehill (won’t be hard) they’ll railroad their team just to avoid hurting his feelings? Ah. The ultimate meritocracy

  3. Tannehill seems like a good dude, but he’s an average quarterback on what will be a terrible football team this year. GM needs to be dangling him as trade bait right now. I mean, he’s probably better than Blake Bortles.

  4. It doesn’t seem to me that Tannehill ever really established himself as the long-term starter anyway. Once the new starter is in place, people will forget Tannehill was ever there. They’re still trying to replace Marino.

  5. Dolphins have a ton of issues and needs, last time Tannehill played he was pretty good. Meanwhile our linebackers, pass rush, and tight end play has been awful. Drafting a QB does nothing to help out one of the leagues worse defenses.

    Keep Tannehill as if Case Keenum, Nick Foles, and Blake Bortles can make conference finals….Tannehill can too without an awful roster.

  6. He is an employee. As long as the checks keep clearing he will do as told. The Dolphins should do what they believe is best for the Dolphins. No need to give this guy more consideration than his average to below-average play has earned him.

  7. So even if the Dolphins draft a QB and he outplays Tannehill in camp the Dolphins have already agreed to start Tannehill anyway?

  8. This Bronco fan would like to see a trade with the fins, but they don’t have much capital. it would probably take two firsts, including next years. If they can’t play the guy they trade for, it doesn’t look like they’d have a good record this year and would therefore be in worse shape next year.

  9. Either that or they are trying to get a team to jump them and/or trade with them.

    For say the Cardinals, it might be used to get them to trade with Miami.

    For say the Bills, it might be trying to get a division rival to spend draft capital to trade up for a QB that might not need to spend, thus weakening them by the Bills having less picks for other positions.

  10. they are drafting a quarterback because Jay Cutler couldn’t get them to the playoffs when their starter was hurt, and Tannehill has not been able to stay healthy.

  11. The Miami fan boys just went into meltdown. Its Tannehill 7th year, and most are hoping for a “breakout year”.

  12. “700levelvet says:
    April 26, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    I’m assuming competition amongst highly paid professional athletes is a bad thing… No wonder they can’t out of their own way.”

    I’m assuming there is no “open competition” for your job. So if I am wrong, maybe you have a different perspective. However athletes can at anytime lose their job for any number of reasons. An assurance from the FO for a player goes a long way to building trust and promoting a health environment to build a team.

  13. Tannehill played well the rare times he had an Oline in front of him that performed well. Much of his time in Miami they’ve had a terrible Oline, and the one time it was coming together as pretty good, Goodell manufactured bullygate and screwed the Fins.

  14. I have been posting for weeks now that Miami will be drafting a quarterback in the first round. They are a ‘quarterback needy’ team. Tannehill has not played for two years, was a huge stretch being drafted at number 8 overall and has never lead his team into the playoffs. He will be 30 for this coming season. If the Dolphins miss on one of the top 4 quarterback prospects they should still draft a QB. Who knows if the top 4 picks will be franchise quarterbacks. Look at Brady Quinn and Johnny Manziel. If the Dolphins went with a Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State to sit and learn for one year, that would work.

  15. Tannehill’s performance under Gase was plenty good enough. Ignorance abounds here per usual

  16. chiefsfolife says:
    April 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    Bust

    No offense but a guy with 7 years in the league, who is a starter, who wasn’t expected to be the next coming of Dan Marino in the first place, is hardly a bust.

  17. all the Fin Fans Last Year were saying He’s soooo good..Now the same “fans” r saying get rid of him….JOKE OF A “franchise” !!!!!

  18. It’s a tough position for current management to be in if they are considering drafting a QB in round 1 when they still have 3 years left on RT’s $96 mil contract.

  19. jmc8888 says:
    April 26, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Either that or they are trying to get a team to jump them and/or trade with them.
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    I could not agree more and that’s the first thing I suspected. As a Dolphins fan I can attest that our management likes to play these games. Also, RT if fine at QB. The Dolphins have had the worst O-line in the league on average since he’s been there. He’s not a pro bowl QB, but he’s plenty serviceable. He was ranked 10-15 in the league the 2 years prior to getting hurt. I’ve seen nothing to assure that any of the 4 QB’s will be any better. If I know my team they will go defense w their first why. Why? Because they haven’t publicly stated they are.lol

  20. omeimontis says:
    April 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    they are drafting a quarterback because Jay Cutler couldn’t get them to the playoffs when their starter was hurt, and Tannehill has not been able to stay healthy.
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    Possibly, but what if the QB there is Rosen? If injuries are the justification, I don’t see how they can then roll with Rosen.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    April 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Made of glass

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    Seriously dude?? If Brady took as many hits as Tannehill has, he’d be in a wheel chair by now.

  22. if the Dolphins draft a first-round quarterback, their actions say they’re ready to move on from Tannehill.
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    That is absolutely not the case. If Tannehill comes out and plays the way he did before he got hurt (104 qb rating last 8 games, 7-1), there is no reason at all for the Dolphins to part ways with him, especially considering he is an affordable options at QB as the 18th highest paid in the NFL. They are drafting a QB in the event Tannehill cannot stay healthy and they need a better backup option right now.

    If Tannehill comes out and does not play well in 18′, then the question of them moving on will come into play. But to say that now, especially since you don’t work for the Dolphins is just the media looking for a story that is not there.

  23. if the Dolphins draft a first-round quarterback, their actions say they’re ready to move on from Tannehill.
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    Makes no sense whatsoever. If this was the case then why not move on in 18′? Poor journalism right there.

  24. Why do you have to know who is starting right now? The first game isn’t until September, and all the best teams follow a “best player plays” mentality.

  25. Fins could draft 5 QBs in this draft…wouldn’t matter. The record of the team wouldn’t be different. Tannehill is going into year 7 and still waiting on decent TE or a freakishly gifted receiver. If history has taught us anything its that you have to build a “team” not just draft QBs every 5 years.

  26. The Dolphins need to draft a QB. Tannerhill hasn’t played for 2 yrs, who says his knee will hold up? The last thing we need is Fales or Osweiler starting that would be ‘the kiss of death.

  27. Why would they need to tell him that? Any QB that comes in will be competing to be the starter. Then who ever gives them the best chance to win will play. That probably will be Tannehill, but only because he will probably out perform a rookie. If he doesn’t though, he must know he won’t play.

  28. How many NFL QBs with ZERO playoff games played get to be the starter with no real QB competition in camp going into their seventh season?

  29. I’m on the fence as to whether Tannehill is a “franchise” QB, the reasoning is because he simply cannot seem to find any rythm, is this coaching or him?, as he never seems to have back to back good games!
    Also the way his injury was treated – WHY did they think he could play on a partially torn ACL? Tannenbaum certainly needs to be questioned on that, as well as his other less then stellar moves since taking over as Chief Cook & Bottle Washer!!

  30. Sorry, I ain’t buying anything Tom Pelissero says… When they decided to move on from Ajayi, they didn’t worry about anybody’s feelings. I find it hard to believe they called him in and guaranteed him he would be the starter. I am guessing they may have had internal discussions about drafting a QB, and may have told him their thoughts but this is another example of the Skip Bayless mentality of reporting. Exaggerate and be controversial so you get your name out there… Tom Pelissero? Seriously?!

  31. Previously….

    1) Gase Said he’s rolling w/ RT
    2) Backup QB would be addressed in the offseason
    3) Ryan restructred

    It seems to me that RT is the man… until he’s not

  32. Orrr they have their eyes on a 2nd-3rd round QB and this is a smokescreen to get someone to trade up in front of them to draft a 4th QB and have an elite defensive player fall to them.

  33. raggard says:

    Seriously dude?? If Brady took as many hits as Tannehill has, he’d be in a wheel chair by now.
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    Really, Ryan Tannehill gets hit often because he’s slow reading his progressions, does not have the confidence of a franchise QB and is just not that guy long term anymore for the Dolphins. It’s obvious that if Miami goes QB in the first round that Coach Adam Gase realizes this reality also.

  34. Having Tannenbaum calling the shots tonite is like having a hand grenade in the room with a pin out. Not sure exactly where it is but you know its going to blow up at some point.

  35. Gotta love the 7-1 in the last 8 games of 2016, as a talking point. Problem? The absolute horrid start to 2016. And the emergence of Ajayi as the season progressed. Getting a couple 200 yard games from your running back makes things a little easier. Also the back half that schedule wasn’t filled with a lot of playoff caliber teams.

    The Miami Dolphins started 2015 1-4, ranked in the 30s on offense. The next 8 games seem them beat some greats like BUF,NYJ,PITT,ARZ,SF,Rams and BALT. Anyone want a guess what Balt did to Miami? They have a penchant of making a mockery of Miami starting QBs. Ask Chad Pennington.

  36. Turns out to be a smoke-screen. With 2 of the top 4 qbs available one their fist pick, and one still available on their second pick, they passed. Imagine that!

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