Adam Gase is committed to Ryan Tannehill as his starting quarterback for 2018.
And it appears the organization may now be more committed to his future.
The reason? Well, Tannehill and the Dolphins agreed to restructure his contract so that the club saves $11.2 million in cap space this year.
Tannehill’s base salary will go to $790,000 this year and $16.7 million gets converted to a signing bonus, spread over the final three years of the deal.
It is true that the Dolphins once restructured Ndamukong Suh and then released him today despite a massive dead cap hit.
But Tannehill’s contract is very reasonable, with three years and about $60 million total left.
In a best-case scenario, Tannehill exceeds his contract and plays well for the next three years.
But if they were to want to cut him after 2019 or 2020, this restructure would result in dead caps of $13.4 or $5.6 million, according to Spotrac.
If Tannehill plays well in 2018, it may be more attractive to extend him as opposed to just working with cap hits of $26.6 and $25.0 million.
Also, Tannehill’s contract becomes somewhat less attractive to a team that would possibly be interested in trading for him after 2018.
Consider that the Dolphins draft 11th and while they are open to considering a quarterback, top players like Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield may very well all be gone by then.
This would push a very strong player down to Miami, assuming they don’t make an aggressive play higher.
Miami is restructuring, not rebuilding. And the Dolphins’ stance on Tannehill hasn’t changed.
When healthy, they think he is good enough to win plenty of games.