MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey and head coach Joe Philbin have been singing the praises of quarterback Ryan Tannehill all offseason.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed
On Monday, the team put its money where its mouth is.
The Dolphins have announced that they have signed Tannehill to a contract extension through the 2020 season.
“We are thrilled that we were able to sign Ryan to an extension,” said Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum. “He is an ascending talent, a team leader and checks all of the boxes you are looking for at the position.”
Tannehill is now the first quarterback of the big four from the 2012 NFL Draft (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson) to receive a second contract. Miami selected Tannehill eighth overall in the draft that year.
According to Adam Schefter, Tannehill’s is receiving a six-year, $96 million extension that includes $45 million guaranteed.
During his three seasons in the NFL Tannehill has started all 48 games that Miami has played, racking up 11,252 yards while completing 61.9% of his passes, throwing 63 touchdowns and 42 interceptions for a career passer rating of 84.0.
He’s also run for 760 yards and four touchdowns on 145 rushing attempts.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Rain Returns To South Florida
“Signing Ryan to this deal is important to our franchise,” said Hickey. “He is a proven quarterback in this league that combines a talented skillset with work ethic, passion, toughness, and a team first mentality. We are committed and believe in Ryan as our quarterback for the long-term and we are excited to be able to sign him to this extension.”
Tannehill is coming off of his best season as a pro in 2014. He threw career-highs in touchdowns (27) and yards (4,405) while working with first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
Miami’s offense is poised for a boost in 2015 as Tannehill has been surrounded by talented playmakers.
The team signed a pair of receivers, Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings, and tight end Jordan Cameron during the offseason and then drafted wide receiver DeVante Parker in the first round and running back Jay Ajayi, perhaps the steal of the entire draft, in the fifth round.
They’ll join receiver Jarvis Landry and running back Lamar Miller, both of whom are coming off of big years.
The Dolphins haven’t been shy about spending money in 2015. They signed defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a record-setting six-year deal worth $114 million, with $60 million guaranteed.
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