Matt Ryan contract underscores how reasonable Ryan Tannehill’s deal is

Ryan Tannehill is a great value this year because of his low salary cap number.(Allen Eyestone/The Post)

The Dolphins are one of the lowest-spending teams in the NFL when it comes to quarterbacks this season, and one reason they’re able to do that is a Ryan Tannehill contract that looks increasingly reasonable with every new deal that’s signed.

The team gave him a $96 million extension in the 2015 offseason that runs through the end of 2020, then restructured this offseason to create some badly needed cap space. The remainder of Tannehill’s contract will pay him about $60.3 million over three years.

The average salary of his original deal — the total money coming his way has stayed the same — at remains $19.3 million, which ranks 18th in the league each of the next two seasons and 10th in 2020. In the 2015 and ’16 seasons, he ranked 21st and 12th in passer rating, respectively, so the money lands right around what his production has been.

There’s a huge gap between that average pay, which was seen as enormous at the time, and what the top quarterbacks are getting now. San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo, who has seven career starts, got a five-year, $137.5 million contract this season; Kirk Cousins managed a 93.9 passer rating last year and signed for three years, $84 million (fully guaranteed) with Minnesota; Soon-to-be-33-year-old Matt Ryan just cashed in on a five-year, $150 million extension in Atlanta.

Because of the restructure, Tannehill’s remaining $60.3 million is allocated in salary cap hits of $8.7 million this year, $26.6 million in 2019 and $25.1 million in 2020.

The $8.7 million he counts for this year is the 24th-biggest cap hit among NFL quarterbacks this season. His hit jumps to fifth next year and seventh the year after, though that will likely drop in the rankings once new deals are awarded to guys like Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.

In total, the Dolphins are allocating $10.1 million in 2018 cap space to quarterbacks. Beyond Tannehill’s number, David Fales and Brock Osweiler each count for $720,000, and newly signed Bryce Petty has a $705,000 hit.

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Dolphins’ “Unblockable” Cameron Wake gets sack in fourth straight game

It’s still very difficult to get away from Cameron Wake. (Getty Images)

ATLANTA—Cameron Wake would have a difficult time passing for a guy who’s almost 36, and the way he’s playing right now has to make him think he could do this into his 40s.

In the two years since Wake suffered a career-threatening ruptured Achilles, he’s stormed back to the upper echelon of NFL pass rushers. As good as he was last season, this year looks even better.

Wake sacked Matt Ryan early in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins’ 20-17 win over the Falcons today to push his total to 3.5. He has at least a half-sack in each of the last four games and looks as dominant as he feels.

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“I do feel good,” he said. “Every time I go out there, I look across the field and I feel like I’m unblockable. But that’s been the case since the first time I put football pads on. I take that same mentality into every game.

“I don’t care who you are. Whether it’s your first-ever game or you’re an all-pro, you’re not gonna block me. This is my day. I’m gonna do what I want. That’s my mindset every game, and I still feel good doing it.”

Wake’s sack was a big one as the Dolphins rallied from a 17-0 hole. He dropped Ryan on second-and-20 near midfield, setting up a nearly impossible third-and-24. The Falcons punted, and Miami drove down for the game-tying field goal on the ensuing drive.

The Dolphins hit Ryan five times, including the sacks by Wake and Ndamukong Suh, and held him to 24-for-35 passing, 248 yards and one touchdown against one interception for an 86.4 passer rating.

“We forced situations where they had to throw the ball, and that’s where we thrive,” Wake said. “Obviously, we have a great front seven and we are going to put the offense in a situation where they can’t just dink and dunk. If you try to hold the ball, it’s our job as a front to get there and make you pay for it.”

Coming off last year’s 11.5 sacks (matching his third-highest total), Wake is now at 85 for his career. That ties him with Osi Umenyiora for 50th all time, and Wake would climb into the top 40 if he gets another 10 by the end of the season.

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