The Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a long-term contract extension. The deal replaces the use of the fifth-year option the team had previously used on him. The deal will keep Tannehill with the Dolphins through 2020.
Tannehill becomes the first member of the 2012 quarterback class to sign a long-term deal. Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, and Robert Griffin III are also members of the group who should be signing contract extensions in the near future.
On ESPN's NFL Live, former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell stated, "Hehas made progress, especially last year. Each year, he has gotten just a little bit better. Has he completely figured it out yet? Not quite. Last year, his numbers were pretty good, threw for over 4,000 yards, made good decisions, pretty athletic. I think he will thrive going forward in Bill Lazor's system. He did well in that system last year. I think the sky's the limit for this young man."
According to Adam Schefter, the deal is a six-year contract worth $96 million, with $45 million guaranteed. The deal averages $16 million per season.