On May 18, the Miami Dolphins announced that they had agreed to a contract extension with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The extension is worth a total of $105 million dollars and runs through the 2020 season. Mike Tannenbaum, the Executive Vice-President of Football Operations, wasted no time getting the deal done in only his fourth official month on the job.
Recently, Tannenbaum spoke with Jenny Vrentas of MMQB about this contract extension compared to the one he did with Mark Sanchez when he was the general manager of the New York Jets. Of course, that extension backfired as Sanchez never lived up to what the Jets front office thought he could become and that led to Tannenbaum getting fired after the 2012 season. In the interview, Tannenbaum said that he wasn't thinking of that deal when it came to Tannehill.
"The easy decision would have been to say, well, I extended a quarterback early in his career, so let's not do that here. But I think that would have been selfish of me, moreso than what's the best decision for the Dolphins. We felt like this was a very reasonable bet to take. When you are doing an extension, it's not about comparing Ryan to Sanchez, it's much more about aspirationally, what do we want our program to truly be about?"
Last season, Tannehill completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 4,045 yards, 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 92.8 passer rating. At the time, Tannenbaum said they were thrilled to sign him to an extension.
"We are thrilled that we were able to sign Ryan to an extension. He is an ascending talent, a team leader and checks all of the boxes you are looking for at the position."
While some might say there are similarities between the two quarterbacks in terms of finances, extensions and more, it has become apparent that Sanchez was helped out by a dominant defense with all the right pieces in place. For Tannehill, it has been three seasons of missing pieces, poor offensive line play and other factors that he has been able to overcome. That's why Tannenbaum along with so many others believe that this deal will be a great one for the Dolphins.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs