The Miami Dolphins got a good, long look at what life is like without a legit franchise quarterback under center in 2017. They seemingly don’t want to endure that pain again.
Adam Gase and company tried to weather the storm of a random Ryan Tannehill knee injury, but bringing Jay Cutler out of retirement didn’t do the job. Miami failed to get back to the playoffs and now faces uncertainty heading into 2018. Do they again bank on Tannehill, or do they consider an elite insurance policy for the future?
Reports suggest the latter could very well be the case.
This storm of Miami Dolphins draft rumors got started thanks to Oklahoma star passer, Baker Mayfield. Ultimately, it’s still possible nothing comes of this. Miami does have a franchise passer under contract, but Tannehill will be 30 years old before the 2018 NFL season rolls around and he’ll be coming off of a serious knee injury.
Few could blame Miami if they felt slightly concerned that Tannehill wasn’t locked in as their long-term answer.
Needless to say, the hype train is about to go off the rails, as Miami holds the #11 overall pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. With a very deep quarterback class arriving in late April, it stands to reason that Miami covers their bases and protects their team for 2018 and beyond.
That doesn’t have to mean the end of Tannehill, but it’d ensure the Dolphins wouldn’t have to hit the panic button for the second year in a row. Of course, bypassing a soon-to-be healthy Tannehill and wasting a top-15 pick on a position player they don’t necessarily need right now could be seen as doing just that.
For now, this is just talk. However, big names like Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and even Baker Mayfield will be floated around over the next few months and it may be difficult for the Dolphins to avoid the obvious; quarterback play held them back in 2017 and if it does again, there could be big changes coming.