Ryan Tannehill : QB signs contract extension until 2020

Ryan Tannehill : QB signs contract extension until 2020

The Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a long-term contract extension.

It’s a six-year extension worth up to $96 million, including $45 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The fourth-year QB would have earned $16.155 million under his fifth-year contract option in 2016, so this new deal is not far off that mark annually.

Rumors circulated for several months that Tannehill and the organization were hashing out a new deal. The eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft had a rookie deal that ran through 2016, but Miami wanted to lock him up before this season started. The 26-year-old has shown consistent progress over his first three seasons, enough for the Dolphins to believe he is their franchise quarterback.

The former Texas A&M QB got off to a rocky start as a rookie when he connected on 58.3 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 76.1 passer rating. He made a major jump in 2013 with a 60.4 completion rate, 3,913 passing yards, 24 TDs and 17 INTs. By far his best season came in 2014 when he hit on 66.4 percent of his passes for 4,045 yards — one of 11 QBs to reach the 4,000-yard mark last fall — 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

He should benefit from the additions of wide receivers Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings this offseason. They form a promising receiving corps with Jarvis Landry, the squad’s second-leading receiver as a rookie in 2014.