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Fifth-year contract formula could push Tannehill out of top 10

Under the new CBA, a team may sign its first-round pick to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. The salary for the fifth year is based on a formula that hinges on whether the player is picked in the top 10 or the next 22. For the top 10, the salary is determined by calculating the average of the 10 highest-paid players at the pick’s position in the prior season. For the next 22, the number is determined by calculating the average salary of the third-highest paid player at the position through the 25th highest paid player at the position in the prior season. I think this could be very important. As seen this past offseason, Jeff Ireland isn't going to overpay for players (Flynn, Smith, Anderson, Laurent Robinson come to mind). And with the difference that especially makes at the quarterback position, Ireland will definitely have to have a strong conviction he's the guy at 8. Trading down in the first seems more likely. Trading up from the 2nd could be a possibility, too.

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