According to Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Dolphins organization is having internal talks about the possibility of extending the contract of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and in essence, cementing him as the franchise QB for the team for many years to come. While there are still many members of the Dolphins fanbase that strenuously insist that Tannehill is not the answer at QB (mainly because of his deep ball), the organization appears to think otherwise.
The figures being thrown around at the moment are in the range of a 7-year deal worth around $105,000,000 depending on the incentives in the contract. Similar deals have already been signed in the league by quarterbacks such as Bengals QB Andy Dalton, and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. While those deals appeared to be extremely expensive given the level of talent for those two, the truth of the matter is their deals aren't nearly as costly as they look at first glance, because of how they're constructed.
Contrary to initial thoughts, the team has not actually begun any negotiations with Tannehill or his people, and the discussions regarding the contract are only internal among members of the front office. However, Dave Hyde has reported that the team has reached out to say they want to negotiate a contract, but no actual negotiations have actually begun between the two sides as of yet.
One thing that can definitely be taken away from these talks is that the organization definitely believes that Ryan Tannehill is in fact the franchise quarterback the team has been searching for for nearly a decade and a half. If Tannehill continues to improve going forward, just as he has each year he's been in the league, despite having a bad offensive line each year of his career so far, then it's not improbable that the curse of Dan Marino is finally on the verge of being broken.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater