The Miami Dolphins have spent a lot of this offseason trying to rid themselves huge future salaries, however, they decided on Thursday to invest in one of their younger players at a key position. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil reportedly had the fifth-year option of his rookie contract picked up by the club:
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) April 18, 2019
Tunsil, former first-round pick 2016 out of Ole Miss, began as a guard in his rookie year, but moved to left tackle in 2017. He has started 44 games in his career and a year ago allowed only one sack.
Tunsil is currently a bargain at that position at just $2.1 million for the upcoming season. And, the Dolphins further realize, that the fifth year option of $9.7 million is still significantly below the high-end of left tackles in the game.
For example, the Buccaneers recently re-upped with free-agent-to-be Donovan Smith on a massive deal that will pay him over $13 million per season moving forward. And Smith, unlike tunsil, was a second round pick back in 2015, who had reached potential unrestricted free agency before the Bucs were able to lock him up in March.
There is speculation that the Dolphins might be looking to grab a tackle in the upcoming NFL draft, and maybe even as high as the first round. Miami, currently picking 13th, recently brought in Gators tackle Jawaan Taylor, who is a stud right tackle and may very well go in the top 15 of next week in Nashville.
Clearly, GM Chris Grier has a lot to consider with that selection, including possibly moving up or maybe electing to slide back slightly in the first round to pick up another premium pick or two.
And, for all the talk about who the quarterback will or won’t be to join veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick this season in Miami, if the Dolphins can solidify bookends of their offensive line, then it crosses off one of the needs for the future.
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