Tannehill (knee) isn't expected to have any restrictions at OTAs this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Tannehill is more than nine months removed from having reconstructive surgery on his left knee, as he initially suffered a partial tear of his ACL in December 2016, then aggravated the injury during the first week of training camp last year. He seems to be recovering on schedule -- or even a bit ahead -- but it still won't be surprising if the Dolphins manage his workload during training camp. The team is counting on a full rebound, considering Brock Osweiler, David Fales and Bryce Petty are the only other QBs on the roster. Tannehill will be playing without Jarvis Landry at his side for the first time since 2013, but the Dolphins did at least sign a pair of capable slot targets in Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson. The team also used draft picks on tight ends Mike Gesicki (second round) and Durham Smythe (fourth), hoping to find an upgrade on the departed Julius Thomas, who remains unsigned.
Bouncing back from mid-August surgery to repair a partial ACL tear, Tannehill restructured his contract a couple weeks ago to help free up cap room for the signings of Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola. The restructure converted his 2018 base salary into a guaranteed signing bonus, providing yet another hint that the Dolphins are confident moving forward with Tannehill as their starter. He figures to take part in offseason workouts and OTAs in some capacity, with eyes toward full participation when training camp begins in late July. Despite the recent display of confidence, it won't come as a major surprise if the Dolphins use an early draft pick on a quarterback to develop behind Tannehill.
Tannehill (knee) agreed Wednesday to restructure his contract with the Dolphins, a move that reportedly saves the team $11.2 million in salary-cap space in 2018, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
The agreement cements Tannehill as the team's top quarterback heading into the coming season. With top wideout Jarvis Landry having been traded to the Browns, Tannehill will now be throwing to newcomers Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson as well as holdovers DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. That's a capable receiving quartet on paper, but the release of Julius Thomas will presumably prompt the Dolphins to revamp their tight-end corps in short order.
Tannehill (knee) is expected to serve as the Dolphins' starting quarterback in 2018, per head coach Adam Gase, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports. "Ryan is going to be our starting quarterback, and I don't see that changing anytime soon," said Gase. "I think that when we get back out there in spring and get going, I just know it's going to be really good to have him back."
While he didn't rule out the possibility of selecting a quarterback at No. 11 overall, Gase did suggest that Tannehill would remain the favorite to start Week 1 even if such a scenario came to be. The Dolphins' cap situation likely prevents them from making a run at any of the top quarterbacks available in free agency, and the team may not view any of the options besides Kirk Cousins as a clear upgrade on the incumbent. The team expects Tannehill to participate in its offseason program in some capacity following mid-August 2017 surgery to repair a torn left ACL. The lack of guaranteed money in his contract means his status with the Dolphins will be a year-to-year proposition. Meanwhile, the team is believed to be fielding trade offers for Jarvis Landry, who has consistently been Tannehill's favorite target since entering the league in 2014.
While Tannehill is progressing well since undergoing reconstructive left knee surgery in August, it's uncertain if the Dolphins will clear him to take part in all drills during Organized Team Activities. Nonetheless, the fact that he'll be able to participate at all suggests that he's well on his way to being ready for the start of training camp in the summer. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has already stated that Tannehill will be the team's starting quarterback in 2018 with incumbent Jay Cutler unlikely to be re-signed in free agency.
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