The Miami Dolphins have signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a huge contract extension, worth a reported $96 million.
The deal is for six years and includes $45 million in guaranteed money, keeping him in South Beach through the 2020 season.
Tannehill, 26, had two years remaining on his rookie contract, which would’ve paid him about $2.1 million this season and $16.155 million in 2016 under the fifth-year option the Dolphins exercised last month. Instead, he got an extension, although the team has missed the playoffs every season he’s been a starter.
The club actually hasn’t made the playoffs in six years — the latest time being 2008, with Chad Pennington at the helm.
Tannehill was named starting QB in rookie season, and his numbers have improved each year. He set career highs last season in completion percentage (66.4%), passing yards (4,045), touchdown passes (27) and passer rating (92.8).
He was the third quarterback taken in the 2012 Draft, behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.