Despite three straight years without a winning season, the Dolphins have seen enough from Ryan Tannehill to call him their franchise QB.
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The Miami Dolphins have signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a six-year contract extension worth $96 million, leading off what should soon be a spending spree on QBs drafted in 2012.
The Dolphins announced on their Twitter page that they had reached a new deal that effectively makes Tannehill their franchise QB for the remainder of the decade.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 18, 2015
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported on the details of the lucrative contract extension, though there was some disagreement with ProFootballTalk as to the amount of money guaranteed
Dolphins are giving QB Ryan Tanehill a six-year, $96 million extension that includes $45 million guaranteed, per league source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 18, 2015
Per source, Ryan Tannehill gets $21.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. More details coming at PFT.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 18, 2015
The Dolphins drafted Tannehill 8th overall in the 2012 NFL draft and in three years with the team has a passing average of 61.9% and 234.4 yards/game along with 63 TD passes. His overall record has been spotty though, with a 23-25 record and a penchant for taking a lot of sacks. Tannehill was sacked an NFL-leading 58 times in 2013 and has yet to record a winning season with the team.
With the new contract, Tannehill becomes the first QB from the celebrated Class of 2012 to receive an extension. Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, Washington QB Robert Griffin III, St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson have all been to the Pro Bowl but none have received a contract extension with any of their teams.