The Miami Dolphins could explore trade options for Ryan Tannehill
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins have not made a decision on Ryan Tannehill and will not even discuss it until after the season is over but could he be traded?
It is hard to predict what will happen with Ryan Tannehill after the season and some of that might be decided on whether or not Adam Gase is the head coach.
Stop laughing and hear me out before you skip to the comments and criticize me. You can do that after you laugh your way through this article. It won’t be long, I promise.
The thought of trading Tannehill is laughable. He has done nothing to warrant trade interest and is not elite. Yet there is something about starting quarterbacks that teams can’t stay away from. It the bug to a bug zapper.
When it comes to Tannehill it has been said on many occasions that if Tannehill would hit the open market as a free agent he would find several interested teams and would likely get paid more than what his contract is today. Like I said, in the NFL teams covet that quarterback and if he has hiccups in his game, someone always believes they can change it.
Finding a trade partner wouldn’t be that hard if there are interested teams. Tannehill wouldn’t be an expensive buy for an interested team in terms of compensation so if you are thinking that he will bring in a first round pick you would be wrong.
Tannehill’s salary for 2019 is $26 million. It is unclear how much dead money the Dolphins would have to carry if he were to be traded.
A team like the Jacksonville Jaguars could have interest in a quarterback like Tannehill. He has athleticism and a strong-arm. Tannehill needs to be surrounded by good quality support and a defense that can pick him up. The Jaguars have that (not this year) and a change could be good.
Oakland may be an option. Jon Gruden is a Tannehill fan and could be looking to find a short-term replacement for Derek Carr.
There are options out there if the Dolphins wanted to try to move him rather than just release him but the strong money bet this year still remains with Tannehill in Miami for at least one more season and if Adam Gase does indeed stay on for the 2019 season, Tannehill’s future here is almost guaranteed for another year.
Another reason that this very well would not happen is that Miami does not have a replacement on the roster and there are no guarantees that the draft will produce one who could start immediately. Free agency is weak as well. So trading Tannehill would be a big risk.
All that being said, it is still something that will inevitably pop up once the season is over and free agency looms on the horizon. Maybe sooner if Gase is replaced. Now, feel free to call me names and laugh all you want.