On Monday, Tannehill signed an extension with the Dolphins that will keep him under contract through 2020 at a cost of $96 million -- $45 million of which is reportedly guaranteed.
"Signing Ryan to this deal is important to our franchise," Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement. "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."
That deal makes Tannehill the organization's first true franchise quarterback since
The Dolphins reached the playoffs in 10 of Marino's 17 seasons. An MVP season his second year got Miami to Super Bowl XIX, but the Dolphins lost to the
In the 15 years since Marino last played for the Dolphins, Miami has started nine different quarterbacks. Only Jay Fiedler (2000-2003),
Coincidentally, the Dolphins haven't made the playoffs since 2008.
Tannehill has shown improvement on the stat sheet each year since he was drafted. His completion percentage has risen from 58.3% in 2012 to 66.4% in 2014, as have his passing yards, 3,294 to 4,045, and touchdowns, 12 to 27.
Just about the only place the Dolphins haven't benefited is in the win column. Tannehill is 23-25 as a starter.
This season, perennial
If that happens, the comparisons of Tannehill to Marino will be thick, just like his wallet.