The Miami Dolphins signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill Sunday morning to a four-year deal worth $12.688 million, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports. First-year head coach Joe Philbin said Tannehill threw the ball well in his first practice.
Tannehill is the first quarterback the Dolphins drafted in the first round since selecting Hall of Famer Dan Marino in 1983. Tannehill was the Dolphins’ first round selection (8th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M University.
The 6-4, 222-pound Tannehill played in 50 games (25 starts), including six at wide receiver for the Aggies. He was also a three-time first-team Academic All Big-12 Conference. Born July 27, 1988, he attended Big Spring (Texas) High School, where he saw action at defensive back, punter, receiver and quarterback.
“They look good,” said running back Reggie Bush. “They’re both making very good throws and look poised in the pocket, but I’m not the coach or the one who has to make that decision, thank God. I enjoy being around both of them. They’re great guys, great people, and good leaders.”
While Tannehill did receive more reps than the other quarterbacks, it was with the second-team offense. And albeit he’s not expected to start in Week 1, the rookie signal-caller is approaching the situation as if he’s the hunt to start on September 9 against the Houston Texans.
“I feel like I’m in it,” Tannehill said. “Maybe I’m naive, but coaches haven’t given me any indication that I’m not, so I’m going to go out there every day and do my best to get better every day and hopefully win the job.”