It was reported on Friday that the Miami Dolphins are planning to move in a different direction in regards to the Quarterback position. Ryan Tannehill was seen as the long-term starter for the franchise ever since he began his career there. He was drafted eighth overall in the 2012 NFL draft by Miami.
However, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Tannehill won’t be wearing a Dolphins jersey next year. He will either be traded or released.
Trading the young Quarterback would be an excellent situation for Miami, as they want to be rid of him anyway. However, it is unlikely that any other team would want to absorb his salary, as he is owed $18.7 million next year and nearly $20 million in 2020.
What’s Next for the Dolphins?
The question now is: “What is next for the Dolphins’ Quarterback spot?”. The answer probably won’t come for a while, but they have a few options:
First, they could sign one of the big name free agent Quarterbacks like Nick Foles or Teddy Bridgewater. However, the team’s limited cap space makes this unlikely, along with the fact that the same source indicated that they are not interested in signing anyone in an attempt to win now.
QB’s in the Upcoming Draft
Second, Miami holds the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft. While the top three Quarterbacks will likely be off the board by then, they could surprise some people and trade up for Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, or Daniel Jones. Also, Kyler Murray is still a total wild card, as nobody yet knows what sport he will be playing next year. Perhaps he could potentially fall to them.
Lastly, Miami does have other QBs on their roster. Names like Jake Rudock and Luke Falk won’t likely draw big interest, but the unofficial word is that the Dolphins don’t plan on contending (Or, perhaps, winning at all) next year, so maybe they won’t care.
The bottom line is: Miami did not have a great season despite wild quality wins vs. Chicago and New England, and they don’t see that changing next year (With or without Tannehill). They are asking the same question that NBA teams are all but openly asking: “If we aren’t contending for a championship, why try to win at all?”.