Miami Dolphins: Is Ryan Tannehill Done After Latest Injury?

Another season and another injury to the starting QB of the Miami Dolphins. This time Ryan Tannehill is missing time with sprained AC Joint in his right shoulder. It prompted him to miss last week against the Chicago Bears. The team ruled him out again this week against the Detroit Lions. Seeing that week eight is a short week for the Phins, I found it highly unlikely that Tannehill will play against the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. What does this mean for the young QB and his tenure with the Miami Dolphins?

The Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Many projected him to be the next franchise QB for Dolphins. In the beginning, things were looking promising. As a rookie, Tannehill threw for 3300 yards. However, his play that season was overshadowed by the Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson. Nonetheless, the future looked bright for the Miami Dolphins.

The Miami Dolphins really thought they had their man. So much so, the team signed Ryan Tannehill to a 4-year $77 million extension in May of 2015. Thus securing the position for years to come. Although, that may be ending.

Since 2016, Tannehill has found himself on the injured reserve list more than he has played a game. It started with an injury during the regular season of 2016. A season in which Ryan Tannehill was leading the Dolphins to a possible AFC East Championship. They would end up being a wild card and losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The next injury would come on a non-contact injury during training camp of 2017. Ryan Tannehill would tear his ACL. This would prompt the Dolphins to sign Jay Cutler out of “retirement”.

Now we come to 2018 and the latest injury for Ryan Tannehill. He has suffered a shoulder injury. The NFL is currently investigating how the Miami Dolphins handled the reporting of that injury. Could this latest injury lead to another stint on the injured reserve?

Is this is the end of Ryan Tannehill with the Miami Dolphins?

It will a hard move for the Dolphins financially. A release or trade at this point in the year would only save the Dolphins $790,000. They also face a cap hit of $13.4 million in 2019.

A post-June 1 designation would more economically sustainable. The Miami Dolphins would save $18.7 million on their 2019 cap. The dead cap space would also be more minimal as it could be spread out over two seasons – $7.8 million in 2019 and $5.6 million in 2020.

This latest injury is a shot in the arm to a team that started the 2018 season hot. In fact, many were picking Ryan Tannehill to be in the running for Comeback Player of the Year. I included. Now we may just be looking at the end of Tannehill in the aqua and orange.

What do you think the Miami Dolphins do with Ryan Tannehill? Leave a comment below.

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