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Ryan Tannehill is officially the only rookie the Miami Dolphins have left to sign. Earlier today, it was announced that the team had signed third round defensive end Olivier Vernon and were closing in on a deal with fellow third rounder, tight end Michael Egnew. Now, the team has officially reported that both third rounders signed today, leaving Tannehill as the last man standing in a race against the clock.
The Miami Dolphins report for training camp at 8am Eastern tomorrow morning. The team's first practice will not happen until Friday morning, so, theoretically, Tannehill has tomorrow to get his deal done with Miami, before he starts missing workouts that could, ultimately, mean the difference between being the Dolphins starting quarterback, or being buried on the depth chart behind David Garrard and Matt Moore.
Vernon and Egnew, meanwhile, will be able to report to camp on time, and both will be looking to establish themselves as play-making threats. Vernon should find himself in a rotation with Jared Odrick as the pass rusher opposite Cameron Wake, while Egnew will be serving as a receiving tight end, along with sophomore H-back Charles Clay, and backing up starting tight end Anthony Fasano.
Do not be surprised if Tannehill is signed sometime tonight or early tomorrow. However, the signing of the Dolphins' future franchise quarterback could also be a storyline for HBO's Hard Knocks, which will follow the team throughout training camp this season, with the first episode set to air August 7. HBO, NFL Films (which assists in the production of the show), the Dolphins, and Tannehill could be setting it up to ensure the signing is captured on the show - as well as allowing the show to ask Tannehill's teammates what they think of the rookie's "holdout."
Tannehill is the only unsigned rookie left in the AFC East.
The Dolphins will spend tomorrow sending their players through medical exams and physical tests, as well as putting them through conditioning tests.
And, hopefully, signing a rookie.