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Agent: Dolphins are “betting on the come” with Tannehill deal

Ryan Tannehill, Lauren Tannehill


Last September, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was unwilling to commit to Ryan Tannehill as the team’s starting quarterback before a game in London against the Raiders.

Tannehill wound up starting and beat the Raiders to put a hold on considerations that came to a total halt this week when Tannehill signed a six-year extension with the team that can pay him as much as $96 million. Tannehill is set to make $25 million in guaranteed money over the first two years of the deal with roster bonuses in 2017 and 2018 that would account for $20 million more in guarantees, which is pretty good for a player who had to worry about his job last September.

Tannehill’s agent Pat Dye said it wasn’t the kind of deal that Tannehill could turn down “based on what you’ve done so far,” but it’s also one that he thinks will pay off for the Dolphins.

“We’re going to be knocking on the door in three or four years and hopefully with a Lombardi Trophy to revisit it,” Dye said, via the Miami Herald. “Obviously, they are betting on the come with those kind of dollars.”

Everyone involved in the deal is making that same bet that Tannehill’s future is going to be filled with better performances and results than we’ve seen in the last three seasons. Perhaps no one more than Philbin, whose future with the Dolphins is likely reliant on the player he almost benched providing winning hands on a weekly basis.