NFL Hot Press: Patriots Staffers Believe Dolphins Will Replace Ryan Tannehill

Patriots Staffers Believe Dolphins Will Replace Ryan Tannehill

Updated March 2, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

New Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores praised Oklahoma quarterback prospect Kyler Murray at the NFL Scouting Combine and was noncommittal about the future of veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill. In speaking with sources at the New England Patriots, Flores’ old team, they believe that Flores and the Dolphins front office are planning on replacing Tannehill and moving on from the 2012 first-round pick.   

The Dolphins are expected to undergo a rebuilding process with Flores taking control of the team along with general manager Chris Grier. Currently, Tannehill’s contract calls for him to be among the top-10 paid players in the NFL for 2019. According to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe, the Dolphins would save $18.7 million in cap space if Tannehill is labeled a post-June 1 cut. 

With four quarterbacks expected to go in the top 20 of the 2019 NFL Draft, Miami could be in position to land one of them, as it holds the 13th-overall pick. Formerly the Patriots’ defensive coordinator, Flores knows Tannehill well from years of playing against Miami twice a year. Sources with the Patriots say they believe that Flores is going to move on from Tannehill in the near future.