This was the year that we felt we could evaluate Tannehill on whether he was a franchise QB. He flopped in two big games after starting out looking pretty good in the first 3 games. On top of that, he injured his shoulder and will miss at least two games. Personally, I think the plan was to keep him for one more year (when we redid some of his money to make cap room this year), and then decide.
Barry Jackson wrote:
▪ If Tannehill is on the team next season under terms of his current contract, he would be paid an $18.7 million base salary in 2019, with a $26.6 million cap hit.
▪ If the Dolphins cut him after this season without a post June 1 designation, the Dolphins would have $13.4 million in dead money on its 2019 cap as a result of Tannehill’s contract but would have a cap savings of $13.2 million.
▪ But if Dolphins release Tannehill with a post June 1 designation, the Dolphins would have $7.9 million in dead money on its 2019 cap as a result of Tannehill’s contract but would have a cap savings of $18.75 million.
But the flip side of that scenario would be that Miami’s cap would carry another $5.6 million of Tannehill’s dead money in 2020.
But the Dolphins would not get that cap savings until after June 1 next year, long after the top free agents have signed contracts.
The Dolphins will decide after the season whether to retain Tannehill, who on Sunday will miss his 22nd game in the past three seasons
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