This evening the Miami Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill came to terms on a rookie contract that will pay the Quarterback out of Texas A&M $12,668,502 and receive a signing bonus of $7,653,456.
The exact terms of the deal are not yet known, but believed to be a 4 year contract with a 5th year option. It is possible that offset language is in the deal, but the Dolphins are believed to have made some concessions.
Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the deal through an NFL source and Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post contributed the possible contract details.
We should have more reaction on Tannehill's signing and what this means for Miami. What it means for Tannehill, is he gets to compete for a spot on the depth chart and avoids a lengthy holdout.
Flourishing in the practice bubble is the veteran David Garrard as he takes over the bid for the starting quarterback position with a furor and passion to lead. Yesterday, he took the limited reps he had and took the bull by the horns completing passes and scoring touchdowns much to the crowds delight. I wonder if the Dolphins decided to hold a practice in Sun Life, would they boo Garrard in favor of Tannehill?
The Miami Dolphins on paper look more like a mish mash of potential CFL or USFL teams. In hindsight, the constant disappointment in the month of March led to David Garrard, who might be the second coming of Chad Pennington of the 2008 season.
In reality, the Miami Dolphins drafted well and have young talent at multiple positions, but mainly took care of business by signing stalwart defensive tackle Paul Soliai and Edge Rusher Cam Wake.
Is it important from a competition standpoint that the Dolphins have Ryan Tannehill in camp? Of course it is.
Is it a reflection that Tannehill is some spoiled brat with a trophy wife and a degree in Biology? No.
Everything that we read and here about Ryan Tannehill is that he is inexperienced, but yet has talent to improve considerably.
However, Tannehill was drafted 8th and caught in the middle of a team trying to save some money should he not pan out and an agent who does not have the wherewithal to take the deal as is with offset language for fear that he will be vilified by the rest of his fellow fraternity of agents.
Tannehill, however, needs to be in camp soon if he hopes to play this season.
Is Tannehill just chilling at home watching the Olympics? No. He is working hard at refining his craft at IMG in Bradenton, FL with Chris Weinke who was a Heisman winner and first round draft pick. This is the same Chris Weinke who refined Cam Newton during the lockout last year.
It is conceivable that this time tomorrow, the Miami Dolphins have signed their franchise quarterback and concessions are made.
The question is, will the Dolphins coaches trust Tannehill enough to challenge David Garrard for the starting role?
This morning the Miami Dolphins kicked off the 2012 season with 7 on 7 drills for the first official day of training camp.
Let's talk about the people who were there and not some far away hotel crunching numbers (Ryan Tannehill).
Early on, from the looks of what was mentioned by both on the field reporters Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, David Garrard looked awesome, and Matt Moore was a bit inconsistent.
Here are some tweets from earlier:
"David Garrard threads another beautiful pass to Davone Bess who dives for the catch and gets the crowd's approval.
Garrard with a nice compltion to Clyde Gates. he's having a nice practice.
Garrard completion to B.J. Cunningham. Another nice pass."
Based on Armando's tweets, one can assume he might be a lock for the starting position since he could almost do no wrong at the start of camp.
Omar Kelly updated us fans on the status of John Jerry (has maybe lost 10 pounds...but moves like...) who now might not be a lock to make the roster with the Eric Steinbach signing and Artis Hicks competing for the starting spot at right guard.
Omar Kelly finds a way to intertwine his personal problem, a possum on his roof and then cuts to the chase with:
"Safety Kelcie McCray just picked off David Garrard.
Chad Johnson just dropped a Matt Moore pass.
Clyde Gates dropped just a beautiful long pass from Pat Devlin. Tough grab, but catchable TD
The Dolphins are working with volleyballs during the special teams work.
Matt Moore just threw a decent 20 yard pass to Davone Bess. Garrard follows up with a nice slant to Jeff Fuller."
So based on Omar Kelly's observations, he too feels that Matt Moore is not the starter, at least his observations paint the picture that with 2 fumbled snaps, Moore is not impressing his OC Mike Sherman. Grant it, Moore practices poorly, but it won't bode well or translate in games at the pace that this offense requires to get in and out of the huddle, make the reads, and snap the ball.
So, the first day is in the books. Of all the camp tweets I read, I saw Clyde Gates name come up. I also saw Jeff Fuller, Tannehill's target at Texas A&M. I saw Roberto Wallace flash on Twitter. Today is day one. So, the coaches can now start challenging and sliding these guys into roles soon.
No, Ryan Tannehill has yet to sign, but I have a feeling he will in the next day or so.
After all, today is his birthday and he will be signing the biggest contract of his early career! I think he can afford HBO and watch Hard Knocks this year!
Time to get excited Dolphins fans, training camp is finally here! The long awaited wait is over and we will now get a taste of what the new Dolphins regime will begin to look like. Fans already gathering at practice to get a first glimpse of the 2012/2013 Miami Dolphins.
It should be a very exciting training camp with additions to the roster like diva WR Chad Johnson and also Hard Knocks coming to town.
There has already been one minor piece of information that has caught Jesse Agler’s eye and that is that TE Will Yeatman is now listed as an offensive tackle.
Most of the buzz from day 1 will be surrounding Ryan Tannehill still not being signed, while I don’t think it is a major concern it is time the Dolphins come to their senses and pay Tannehill like the 8th pick where they drafted him. In fact it is actually Ryan’s bday today, so happy birthday to hopefully our future franchise QB.
It’s going to get a lot crazier, so sit tight!no comments
This afternoon, the Miami Dolphins addressed their needs at guard with the signing of Eric Steinbach. The story was broken by Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post.
A veteran of 9 years in the league, Steinbach brings durability and consistency to the position of guard sorely needed on the Miami Dolphins.
Steinbach has started 124 of 125 games until being out with a back injury requiring surgery for the entire 2011 season.
Steinbach played for the Bengals and then Browns before being cut.
The former second rounder out of Iowa is no stranger to coach Joe Philbin, as coach Philbin was his line coach at Iowa.
Steinbach expects to compete at Right Guard in order to fulfill a role on the Dolphins new zone-blocking scheme and may even have a greater chance to start due to the uncertainty that surrounds John Jerry and his overall fitness and fit for the newly revamped offensive line.
With Steinbach in the fold, it could be very encouraging to have a vet paired with rookie right tackle Jonathan Martin and set a good example with technique and solidify the offensive line.
Per Armando Salguero from his blog Dolphins in Depth:
The Dolphins are optimistic that a deal can be reached by this weekend. He believes that the Miami Dolphins should consider including the offset language to protect themselves. However, Salguero makes the point that haggling over the offset language would be foolish since the delay could cause Ryan Tannehill to not get a fair chance at competing for the starting QB position. The more time Tannehill misses, according to Salguero, he has a better chance of reaching "bust" status as a rookie QB.
So, it is conceivable that Tannehill does sign soon, but the negotiation of the contract could throw a wrench into the plans of a 3 QB race during training camp.
Just as training camp is supposed to start, the Miami Dolphins have three players unsigned: QB Ryan Tannehill, DE Olivier Vernon, and TE Michael Egnew. While the Miami Dolphins enter camp this week, these three rookies could be looking at a delay of joining their teammates; critical time could be missed by promising 1st round pick Ryan Tannehill who is expected to compete with quarterbacks David Garrard and Matt Moore.
So what exactly is the holdup? For starters, when the new CBA was drafted and then ratified, the owners and players agreed upon specific language that would make 1st round picks have four year deals with a fifth year option, but that these contracts contain what is called offset language or the team having the option of paying a final option bonus in the fifth year in March. The kicker is the option bonus is paid and "guaranteed" even in the event of injury.
To the Dolphins, this is a new development, but not entirely new on how they have conducted their business. Dawn Aponte (she's the Dolphins Capologist) is said to have wanted this option in the contract of Ryan Tannehill according to a report late last week by Mike Florio of PFT. However, if you look at the history, this is nothing new. Remember that Ronnie Brown signed a 4 year deal as the 2nd pick of the 2005 draft, but what not everyone knows is that Ronnie Brown protected himself by having his agent negotiate an option for a 5th year with the Dolphins. Ronnie Brown did not arrive to camp on time and thus it made it a bit difficult to see him excel in a positive fashion in his first year with Nick Saban. However, Ronnie Brown tore his ACL and had a Lisfranc fracture during his time with the Dolphins. His last year? A horrible year statistically scoring touchdowns, but he established himself a contract year with that option and coming off an injury, if he did not have that 5th year? He would not get many looks given a difficult and grueling injury and runningbacks don't have a lasting affect on most GMs in the NFL because of the pounding most take in years 1 through 3. In fact, without that year, Ronnie Brown could have seen himself out of the league.
For Tannehill, the Dolphins want this language for another reason...money. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, there is a chance that when a team cuts player X from their team and was owed 2 million and then cut and then signed by a new team for 2 million, the original team saves 2 million dollars even though it is a guaranteed salary. It's like the original team washes their hands of the money owed.
So let's assume that Jeff Ireland and all responsible parties are in talks with Tannehill's agents and that he will be in camp by Thursday. Should his contract haveoffset language then as fans, we know that the Dolphins won the negotiation. Why would Tannehill's representatives not be in favor of the option year? Let's just say that Tannehill has his best year in year 4, wouldn't he want to sign for more money or sign elsewhere? The inverse is true, Tannehill has 3 bad seasons in Miami and wants out in year 4 of the contract...Miami can get back money lost if he signs with a new team.
Keep in mind, no teams in the first round are including offset language even though they have every right to do so. Where does that leave the Dolphins three rookies...as of this date unsigned and chomping at the bit to sign that 45 page document called a contract!
Just last week, both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III signed new rookie deals and each contract contains no offset language. Let's go Dolphins the clock is ticking!
Last night I had the pleasure of having dinner with ESPN’s Adam Schefter in New York City. It was quite the experience for me as a blogger and football fan. Adam Schefter the person was just as impressive as Adam Schefter the reporter.
There were many stories that were exchanged over the evening most off the record and there was the occasional argument over different player’s values in fantasy football this year. A big take away from my night was that there is a lot of information exchanging behind the scenes around the NFL.
Schefter explained to me how he has come along in his career as a young reporter in Denver early on trying to get as many stories as possible into the insider he is today we he believes in collaborating with the different organizations to help build a strong relationship where information exchanged can benefit both parties.
For those young bloggers out there or those striving to get to the next level in the media, much to my surprise Schefter was surprisingly encouraging, telling me despite being 22 it is never too late to chase dreams and no hurdle should keep you from pursuing trying to get to the next level.
Schefter also gave me insight on a bit how the NFL draft works and the different information that is exchanged which can benefit some organization and leave the stubborn organizations that don’t trust the information regretting it they hadn’t picked up some of his calls.
Adam also informed me that on the biggest breaking story of the offseason (Peyton Manning) it was the truest form of hard work and collaborating between himself and Mort.
I would love to share more on some of Schefter’s stories however I was sworn to secrecy. After nearly 3 hours with Schefter I left one happy football fan. I have to admit I did contemplate taking his phone a couple of times as he would recieve texts from players, agents and teams from around the league and I would recieve texts from my mother.
Feel free if you have any questions from my dinner, I can try and share what I learnt.no comments