Is This a Make or Break Season for Ryan Tannehill?

Ryan Tannehill signed a 4 year, $77,000,000 contract with the Miami Dolphins, including a $11,500,000 signing bonus, $45,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,250,000. In 2016, Tannehill will earn a base salary of $9,340,000. Tannehill has a cap hit of $11,640,000 while his dead money value is $22,040,000.

  • $21.5M initially guaranteed, $23.5M guaranteed for injury initially
  • Dolphins can opt-out of this deal after 2016
  • $3.5M of his 2017 salary fully guarantees on 3/13/2016
  • Remaining $14.475M 2017 salary becomes fully guaranteed on the 5th league day of 2017
  • $5.525M of 2018 salary fully guarantees on 5th league day of 2018

It has been five years since the Miami Dolphins drafted quarterback Ryan Tannehill. So far it has been a roller coaster ride for the starting quarterback. With the inconsistent play on the field and a shaky reputation as a leader in the locker room, you can say its a make or break year for the Dolphins signal caller.

Not all the blame is on Tannehill. The Dolphins have yet to solidify this offensive line, and the weapons around him have under-performed. Not to mention the franchise has yet to find a head coach to lead this team. Also, health has been a big factor as well. Slowly things are getting better in South Florida. They found a head coach in Adam Gase, who is considered to be one of the bright young minds of the NFL. They have two dynamic receivers in DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry, that can open up the passing game allowing Tannehill show off his rocket arm.

Since 2012 Tannehill has been the most sacked quarterback in the NFL. The offensive line has been shaky throughout his tenure at starting quarterback. The more beatings he take, you start to wonder if his confidence still there. From what I have seen and read, it seems he still has it but for how long? Tannehill plays in a division where your line needs to be able to protect him. The Jets, Bills, and Patriots all have a top tier defense that can hurt you.

With an improved o-line and monster receiving depth chart, Ryan Tannehill will be working under the new head coach Adam Gase, who was offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears last season and the Broncos the year before. Adam Gase will be beneficial for Tannehill, as Gase has built the reputation of being very good at developing and working with QBs (Jay Cutler & Peyton Manning). However, it has been clear in the past that Tannehill has struggled with quick decision making, and reading the defense before the snap. This offseason, Gase has given Tannehill much more control and freedom in making adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Some have said that maybe too much has been put on Tannehill’s shoulders way too fast.

I’m curious to see how this Dolphins team with a lot of potential playmakers this season, and especially whether Tannehill can finally find his wings and thrive. It seems as though he basically has it all; a good o-line (on paper), very good receivers, a new and improved defense, and new coaches that will hopefully develop him as a quarterback.

The stage is set for Tannehill to blow it out of the water, but the question is, will he?

By Billy Clemmons

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