It’s a four-year, $77 million extension on top of the two years and $18.255 million Tannehill had remaining on his rookie deal, a person informed of the contract's details told USA TODAY Sports.
The deal includes $45 million in guarantees, said the person, who was not permitted to speak publicly since the team did not release financial details of the contract.
In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to offset that loss. If healthy, Cameron should also be an upgrade on the departed Charles Clay. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.
A breakthrough season would be improving on the 84 receptions for 758 yards and 5 TDs he had last year as a rookie. There’s a good chance that happens now that TE Charles Clay and WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are gone. Tannehill is familiar with Landry, and Landry showed he’s got good NFL skills. He’s got good hands and can get YAC (Yards After Catch).
Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so as a high-volume slot receiver, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62 percent of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 24th WR off the board in early PPR drafts.
He'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially when the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay. In Miami, Jordan Cameron gets a boost as the Dolphins' primary tight end. Clay was #10 in targets per game (6.0) last season. Cameron could be even more involved than Clay.
The deal is reportedly worth $38 million over five years with $20 million guaranteed. Clay's targets would be affected if he stayed in Miami after the Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron. If he ends up with the Bills, he'll join a receiving corps that already includes Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so targets may be tough to come by, especially if the Bills go run-heavy under OC Greg Roman and HC Rex Ryan. Roman's (lack of) usage of Vernon Davis while with the 49ers is not a good sign for Clay.
Stills has been extremely efficient in his short career, posting the #1 FP/target (in both formats) as a rookie. He followed that up with a #9 (PPR) finish in the same category last season. Some of this has to do with the productivity of the Saints’ passing game, but Stills was by far the most productive wideout in New Orleans the last two seasons. He joins a Miami receiving corps that is in transition. Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are gone, so there are starter’s snaps available opposite Jarvis Landry. It’s definitely a quarterback downgrade, though he should see an uptick from the 5.5 T/G he averaged in 2014.
Update: The deal is for $15 million over two years, which is what the Browns reportedly offered. Cameron wanted out of Cleveland.
Miami is a better landing spot than Cleveland. After finishing #5 in 2013, Cameron only posted 2.4 catches per game last season and finished #24 in standard formats. His targets dropped from 7.9 to 4.8 per game, which didn't make much sense since the Browns were without Josh Gordon for most of the season. He should see an increase in targets since the Dolphins gave Charles Clay 6.0 T/G in 2014 and 6.2 T/G over the last two years. Clay finished #13 in PPR PPG, and Cameron is probably an upgrade as a receiver. He’s a real threat to finish in the top 10 if he stays healthy. (Concussions are a concern.)
Chandler is a decent tight end, but the Bills are looking to upgrade to Clay, who is a better receiver.
Wallace was seen on the sidelines by himself in the second half. This turn of events put a question mark on whether he'll be with the Dolphins in 2015. Wallace finished 2014 with 67 catches for 862 yards and 10 TDs.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Clay should be fine to face the Jets.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. It’s good to see that Clay’s knee is no longer listed as one of his ailments. He should continue to play through the injury.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It’s good to see that Clay’s knee is no longer listed as one of his ailments. He should continue to play through the injury.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It’s good to see that Clay’s knee is no longer listed as one of his ailments. He should continue to play through the injury.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 15. He’s only a desperation option for TE streamers against the Patriots.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. He’s only a desperation option for TE streamers against the Patriots.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (hamstring, knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. He’s only a desperation option for TE streamers against the Patriots.
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