Report: Dolphins expected to cut Ryan Tannehill

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As soon as the Super Bowl ends Sunday night, the Dolphins will be able to name their new head coach.

He will immediately be looking for a new quarterback.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have already decided to part ways with Ryan Tannehill, it’s just a matter of how.

They’d probably like to trade him for whatever bag of beans they could get, but his $18.7 million salary for 2019 and $19.5 million in 2020 is something exactly zero teams want. That means they’re like to just show him the door and move on from the 2012 first-rounder.

Tannehill is also said to be expecting this, which I guess shows pocket awareness.

Salguero suggests they aren’t likely to be in the market for a big-name quarterback such as Nick Foles or even Teddy Bridgewater, which sets up something resembling tanking, even if no one wants to say it out loud.

The Dolphins have always been willing to swing for the fences in free agency, but if they don’t fill their roster holes that way, the losing figures to be organic. The only other quarterbacks on the roster at the moment are Jake Rudock and Luke Falk, though they could always draft one.

Either way, Tannehill will be gone.

96 responses to “Report: Dolphins expected to cut Ryan Tannehill

  1. If the plan is to tank expect Brian Flores to pull a Josh McDaniels. I wouldn’t blame him one bit. Dolphins. Geesh.

  2. This is long overdue – the Dolphins would never have won anything more than the odd wild-card game with Tannehill. But they are probably screwed in the short term regardless, unless they get lucky in the draft.

  3. But but but Turnoverhill apologist have been telling me for years he’s a really good QB and that its everyone else’s fault when he fails?
    You mean they were wrong after all?
    This franchise just wasted 7 years on a converted WR trying to play QB, completely insanity however So Dolphins.
    Good riddance!

  4. But God forbid a player ask out in the middle of a contract. The peasants here on profootballtalk will come howling with thier torches and pitchforks to defend the billionaires who sit behind glass in a box sipping wine while the players reduce each other to walking vegetables. Sometimes vegetables that walk with difficulty.

  5. LOL, they moved $16.68mm of his 2018 to signing bonus to create $11.2mm of 2018 cap room. Then they proceed to go 7-9 in 2018—-so 2018 stunk and now they have a $13mm cap hit for 2019….yuck

  6. Toughness, leadership, perseverance – Tannehill had the intangibles you want in a quarterback. His physical skills and durability just weren’t good enough, and neither was his consistency: he could have a great game bookended by terrible games. Good luck to him.

  7. This comes as no surprise.
    T-hill had 7 years to prove himself to be something other than average. It didn’t happen.
    Many say he should have been cut years ago so the team wouldn’t be in this bad cap situation now.
    I’m sure Flores was on-board with this decision and the whole re-build plan from the get go.
    It will fun to watch how this new regime approaches FA period and the draft.
    Might be “Suck for Luck” version 2.0.

  8. 42-46 overall record, could never lead the team to a winning drive in the 4th quarter and no
    (the Miami miracle doesn’t qualify) got several offensive coaches fired and was granted a $100M contract.
    It worked out very well for him in the MIA, for everyone else it did not.

  9. I guess we can all rule out Kaepernick since his Castro comments alienated 95% of the Dolphin fanbase.

  10. Geesh about time. He’s held the dolphins back about a decade. I don’t get why he was given the keys in Miami. He was a WR in college, did nothing to earn or keep his starting job. Nice to see the Dolphins move on.

  11. I hope someday someone will tell me why Teddy Bridgewater is looked on so highly year after year, mediocre performance after mediocre performance.

  12. What would be the logic in taking either washed-up QB that wasn’t ever better than average in his prime? Better to spend a bit on one of the FAs or hire a decent QB coach and draft someone like Haskins.

    cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    February 1, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    I am guessing they are going with Flacco or Manning and adding a rookie to develop behind one of them.

  13. jacktatum32 says:
    February 1, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    LOL, they moved $16.68mm of his 2018 to signing bonus to create $11.2mm of 2018 cap room. Then they proceed to go 7-9 in 2018—-so 2018 stunk and now they have a $13mm cap hit for 2019….yuck

    EXACTLY!
    Welcome to Miami Dolphin front office thinking, a roster full of overpaid under-achieving players including disastrous draft picks and salary cap nightmares!

  14. walllamp947460497 says: “But God forbid a player ask out in the middle of a contract. The peasants here on profootballtalk will come howling with thier torches and pitchforks to defend the billionaires”
    ====================

    If a player doesn’t want to play for a team, he could always retire and join the AAF, XFL, CFL, etc.

    Either that, or NEGOTIATE an annual player’s option into the contract – might have to trade a few million dollars for that freedom, though. But if it’s really that important to you, guess it’s worth it…

  15. Leman Russ says:
    February 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    I guess we can all rule out Kaepernick since his Castro comments alienated 95% of the Dolphin fanbase.

    No, you can rule out Kap since he couldn’t beat out Blane Gabbert as a starting QB years ago, his career is long over.
    Btw, the Dolphin fanbase is not 95% Cuban American.

  16. Better this way. Start over and build for the future as the Pats will still dominate the division for the next 3-5 years even if Brady goes out in the next two. Enough of these 7-9, 8-8, 9-7, 10-6 seasons as it means very little for division and playoff seedings.

  17. With the cap hit cutting Tannehill will cause they can’t afford big money on a FA QB. Draft one in the 2nd round and see if they get lucky. If not try again next year and use the rookie wage scale to get the through the cap issues.

  18. truthforum13 says:

    Cue the krapernick posturing in 3….2….1…
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    The last play of Mr. Castro’s career was getting sacked in Miami by the son of Cuban immigrants while getting booed out of the stadium. A fitting end.

  19. Since there are only 15-20 staring caliber quarterbacks in the league at any given time, I thought he wasn’t a bad option. They can’t possibly think Bridgewater or Foles would be an upgrade. Right? I guess they’re heading for a rebuild. The Pats have got a stranglehold on the division for the next couple years anyway.

  20. For all the morons on here who think the dolphins will take a “cap hit” if/when they cut Tannehill, you are wrong….If they keep him his cap number is $26M, if they cut him, they will have $13M in dead money and save $13M against the cap…per overthecap.com

  21. Tannehill was pretty good when the OL gave him decent protection. Trouble was, he had defenders on top of him as soon as he got the ball in his hands most of the time. Gase didn’t believe Miami needed good guards, since Manning didn’t seem to need them in Denver. That’s the biggest reason Tannehill was constantly getting injured and failed to succeed in Miami.

  22. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    February 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Btw, the Dolphin fanbase is not 95% Cuban American.
    ———————————–

    Are you sure? How well do you know those other 19 guys?

  23. He sure had some ‘rise up’ games against the Patriots. Should be able to still make a good living somewhere as a #2.

  24. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders gets his wish – now with no QB’s besides washed up dead beats & a sad draft class …. now he can continue to complain about everything- except RT ….. he will just pass blame on everyone else

  25. tccoats says:
    February 1, 2019 at 7:11 pm
    For all the morons on here who think the dolphins will take a “cap hit” if/when they cut Tannehill, you are wrong….If they keep him his cap number is $26M, if they cut him, they will have $13M in dead money and save $13M against the cap…per overthecap.com
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    Um… dead money IS a cap hit

  26. LOL, they moved $16.68mm of his 2018 to signing bonus to create $11.2mm of 2018 cap room. Then they proceed to go 7-9 in 2018—-so 2018 stunk and now they have a $13mm cap hit for 2019….yuck

    Yes, THANK YOU. Mike Tannenbaum made a career out of kicking the can down the road until about three years later when the can finally gets kicked into a volcano. I will never know what Ross saw in Tannenbaums history that made him say, “yeah, hes a good candidate.” He must’ve ye manned Ross to death or something. Now I dont trust Ross because he hired Tannenbaum. Terrible judgement. Well be paying Suh until he retires.

  27. Tannehill best statistical year was under Philbin and Lazor. His 10 game run in 2016, were against 9 teams with losing records and one against a playoff team.

    They proceeded to get crushed again in their 2nd WC PO since 2008.

  28. Dolphins never brought in one other QB to compete with Tannehill, not 1 in 7 years!
    They handed him the starting from day 1 that he never earned or deserved so he never had to worry, he had a great deal in the MIA, coaches always defended him when he clearly screwed up time and time again.
    Thank God this nightmare is finally over, it was always a road to nowhere from day 1.

  29. bleedingfacemask says:
    February 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm
    Luke Falk was picked at the same draft spot as Tom Brady.

    Maybe give the kid a shot, who knows…

    He was also cut by that team who drafted him. Now we going to assume every guy drafted at the same spot as Brady is going to become Brady?

  30. ladymacesq says:
    February 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm
    I would trade him for a ham sandwich… but I don’t want to give up my ham sandwich for something so useless.

    I guess he would be useless to you since you don’t own a team for him to play on. Would be kind of weird to have a quarterback to just hang out.

    In other news, tannehill was not good I’m amazed he lasted so long.

  31. Wow after all these years someone in the Dolphin’s organization finally woke up to realize that Ryan Tannehill was never and never will be a franchise quarterback; Even though he was the eighth overall pick in his draft.

  32. Had the starting QB’s not gotten injured, the world might not have ever heard from backup QB’s like Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, or Nick Foles. Or, had their teams had time to go out and find a “proven” replacement, these super bowl legends might have been passed over. You never know who is sitting on your bench until you put him in a game. You can’t tell from practice. You can’t tell from workouts. The QB position is 95% mental, and the great ones shine under pressure. Luke Falk could be the next Tom Brady. Go look at his tape from college. He should have been a first round pick, but the guys running NFL teams don’t seem to be able to correctly evaluate Tom Brady or Joe Montana, so they pass them up for guys like Jamarcus Russell and Jeff George. I’m not saying it’s easy, but Luke Falk is a no brainer. Hopefully the new coach has been in New England paying attention to what Bill Belichick is doing. I don’t think you’ll catch Bill at the combine with a stopwatch.

  33. Shouldn’t you wait for the head coach to come in before making this type of personnel decision? This is why bad teams stay bad

  34. A shame dolphins suck. Blame owner and coaches. RT would be a great QBs if on the pats.look what bill did with a 6th render.

  35. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    February 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    Leman Russ says:
    February 1, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    I guess we can all rule out Kaepernick since his Castro comments alienated 95% of the Dolphin fanbase.

    No, you can rule out Kap since he couldn’t beat out Blane Gabbert as a starting QB years ago, his career is long over.
    Btw, the Dolphin fanbase is not 95% Cuban American.

    —————————-

    Last time Kaep even won a game he beat some guy named Jared Goff. Goff had 90 yards passing that game. Hence why Goff and Kaep are no longer in the league and neither will ever play in a Super Bowl!!! But don’t let numbers and facts get in the way of bashing Kaep.

  36. As a former Div 1 QB, it’s pathetic that some of you have never apparently played, but still talk so much crap on a professional athlete. Jealous much? RT is a very serviceable QB who unfortunately has been a victim of horrible coaching and O-line play in his career. Put him on a good team and a lot of people will be eating their words.

  37. Can’t say I agree or disagree with this, however I would think the head coach should be named and be there before making that move.
    Tanking for a season will not sit well with alot of players on that roster

  38. @Truthfulblahblahblahwhatever…

    Tannehill is a bit younger than Foles, has exactly twice as many NFL starts, a higher career comp % and about the same overall passer rating. While playing for less talented teams.

  39. cadreamer1969 says:
    February 1, 2019 at 8:28 pm
    Maybe he should have stayed as a wr at Texas A&M and in the NFL.
    ——————

    I doubt he would have made $67 million at this point.

    Wes Welker only made $40 million in 12 seasons, fwiw.

    And Tannehill hasn’t exactly been a bust at QB, he’s just about average. He ranks around 18th among active QBs in most career rate stats.

  40. Jason Mack says:
    February 1, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    Tanking? Or the much more simple explanation of planning to draft a QB.

    I’m with you. “Tanking” might be a popular theory but I am sorry – it doesn’t happen. Players wouldn’t let it happen given that their future contracts depend on it. Coaches not likely to do it for the same reason. So if you take those two elements out, all you are left with is someone deliberately putting in C-quality players when they have A-quality players on the bench. Not only would the aforementioned players and coaches be in the media or on Twitter complaining, some teams, like the Dolphins just don’t have that many (if any) A-class players.

    Teams don’t tank. This isn’t the NBA. The product doesn’t need help getting worse, and some teams? Are. Just. That. Bad.

    Welcome to Miami.

  41. Why cut him? He’s one good offensive lineman away from being a pro bowl QB. lol. If he only had a good wr. lol. He never had a good offensive coordinator. lol. He doesn’t have a running game. lol. Defense doesn’t get him the ball back quick enough. lol. So glad the tannehill era is over.

  42. jr325 says:
    February 1, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    Shouldn’t you wait for the head coach to come in before making this type of personnel decision? This is why bad teams stay bad

    *****************************************

    He will be there in two days and you are kidding yourself if you don’t think asking him about Tannehill wasn’t the first question in the interview.

  43. Lol they can’t afford Flacco because of the salary hit. They either need to draft someone or bring in someone like Fitzpatrick for a year so they can hope for the top 1-2 pick next year. Tear the whole thing down to the studs and start over.

  44. thegreatgabbert says:
    February 1, 2019 at 8:24 pm
    Foles and Bridgewater are supposed to be upgrades from Ryan Tannehill? Skeptical about that.

    ————
    Not only is Nick Foles an upgrade over Tannehill, he is an upgrade over Carson Wentz as well. If the Eagles are smart they will work a deal with Miami to move Wentz to the Dolphins

  45. thegreatgabbert says:
    February 2, 2019 at 12:12 am
    @Truthful

    Tannehill is a bit younger than Foles, has exactly twice as many NFL starts, a higher career comp % and about the same overall passer rating.

    Thank you for proving my point once again about Tannehill apologist, they look at him and see this great potential, its beyond comical at this point!

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