The Dolphins are sorting out their priorities. With Jarvis Landry now franchise tagged, they could do a number of things with him. They could sign him long term, trade him, or even remove the tag at some point.
The next order of business could be, addressing the quarterback position.
Miami might not necessarily want to replace their former starting quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, who should be healthy after finally undergoing surgery on a torn ACL in August.
Tannehill posted solid numbers during Adam Gase’s first season with the team in 2016 before originally injuring the knee. However, he is due a base salary of $17.5 million in 2018, as part of a $19.8 million cap hit. The “kicker” though, is none of it is guaranteed.
Which sparks the question would the Dolphins cut ties with him and look elsewhere?
The Dolphins would save $15.2 million in cap space by releasing Tannehill by March 18th.
While it’s highly unlikely they would just get rid of him without trying to renegotiate first, if the Phins decide to make that move, it would be clear that they are in the market for a quarterback.
They could hold on to him up to the draft. At that point make a move to draft a QB then Tannehill would either be traded, cut for $5.5 million, or could be the starter, while the rookie learns.
The Dolphins are one of the teams looking deep into Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, the talented yet erratically behaved quarterback. They reportedly have been trying and may have already talked with him prior to the Scouting Combine beginning this week.
The question is: are they really interested or is it all “smoke and mirrors” trying to get teams to believe they are?
The Phins don’t have the most cap space, due to some bad contracts on the roster. So, some cutting or at the least re-doing deals can be expected.
They need some help on the O-line, and Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame would make sense at #11 pick, too. But, picking a mobile guy like Mayfield or even, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson could help the offense more.
Time will tell, whether the Dolphins are serious about one of the rookie signal callers or if it’s all a ploy to throw off other teams.
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