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Tannehill’s Millions

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 in Miami. The Titans defeated the Dolphins 37-3. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

by Andrew Gonzalez

It took nearly two decades, but Miami finally seems to have their quarterback of the future. News came out of Dolphins Headquarters that the Miami Dolphins and quarterback Ryan Tannehill have come to an agreement on a six year, 96 million dollar (45M guaranteed) contract running through the 2020 season.

This off-season move has been welcomed with both applause and skepticism between fans and NFL analysts alike. Regardless of which side of the aisle you are sitting on, Miami locked up a top 15 quarterback at a fair price rate and if he continues to make strides as he has done each of the last three seasons, they secured a top 10 quarterback at bargain rate – one that was sure to be inflated the moment his 2012 classmates signed their new deals with their respective franchises.

I understand the doubt when it comes to these types of dollars with a quarterback who has yet to make the playoffs and has a sub .500 career record. But have you ever seen a young quarterback do more with less? Between an offensive line that was attempting to break David Carr’s single season sack record to a diva wide receiver in Mike Wallace, Tannehill for the most part has kept his team in games.

This 2015 season should be welcomed with optimism as the brass upstairs have made sure to protect their new investment by beefing up the offensive line and adding a few new horses to the stable of wide receivers. This should almost guarantee that Tannehill finds consistent success both on the field and on your fantasy roster.

The deck is stacked for Tannehill as his arsenal now possesses deep threat Kenny Stills (acquired via trade with Saints), former Green Bay Packers stalwart Greg Jennings, and one of the top prospects from this year’s draft class in wide receiver Devante Parker from Louisville. The backfield and tight end position have also seen improvement with the addition of former Cleveland Pro Bowl Tight end Jordan Cameron, and one of my sleeper picks in this year’s fantasy draft, Jay Ajayi – look for this rookie running back out of Boise State to start earning some of the goal line carries due to his bruising north south running style.

All these weapons along with returning starters Lamar Miller and last year’s rookie gem Jarvis Landry should bode well for Tannehill. It might be difficult to peg which one of these weapons will consistently produce throughout the season, but look for the Dolphins to be in playoff contention this season as well as boasting a top 10 fantasy quarterback

These off-season moves along with signing free agency’s biggest prize in Ndamukong Suh and trading over priced veterans (Mike Wallace & Dannell Ellerbe) in return for valuable picks and younger talent only proves that Miami, for the first time in a long time, actually has a plan and is executing it effectively.
2015 Projected Miami Season Stats:

QB: Ryan Tannehill- 4215 yds 33 TDs 15 INT ( 330 yards rushing 4 TDs)
RB: Lamar Miller- 1080 yds 4 tds ( 20 receptions 220 yards 1 TD)
RB: Jay Ajayi 650 yds 8 TDs (15 receptions 150 yds)
WR: Kenny Stills: 65 receptions 1170 yds 6TDs
WR: Jarvis Landry: 75 Receptions 850 yds 7TDs
WR : Devante Parker 45 receptions 800 yds 7 TDs
WR: Greg Jennings 40 receptions 600 yards 3 TDs
TE: Jordan Cameron 60 Receptions 700 yards 6 TDs

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