First off let me say, we really know nothing about why the contract has yet to be signed. The SPECULATION, and that is all it is because neither side has confirmed it, is that the holdup is concerning the double dipping clause. For those of you living on the moon who haven't heard about this, what it means is that in year 4 of a rookie's 4 year rookie contract, if that player gets cut by the team that drafted him, he still gets paid for the full 4th year, AS WELL AS any money he gets from the new team that signs him.
An example of this (although not a rookie contract) Chad Johnson is getting paid more THIS year by the pats than we are paying him. His contract was guaranteed so even though he is no longer with the pats they still have to pay him even though he is also making money under the new contract that WE are paying him. Thereby "double dipping".
Now, I see all these threads about this subject and the writters are all saying if Ireland and the front office believed in him they would be willing to guarantee the full 4 years, because the other teams ahead of us did not add the double dipping clause. Why is this seen as a one-way street?? The fact that the dolphins want the extra year 4 clause written in the contract is no more an indication that they don’t believe in Tannehill, than the fact that he doesn’t want to sign it, means that HE doesn’t believe he will be here in year 4. If Tannehill and his agent are sure that he is a star in the making, and that he is worth the contract, and will be the franchise QB, then why worry about being a bust and getting cut in year 4??
This situation is not about Ireland disrespecting his player, it is about doing the right thing. Ryan Tannehill only had 19 starts as a college QB. He had his bright spots but he also had a lot of negatives. I really don’t think RT would have been drafted with the 8th overall pick if it were not for the new CBA where rookies have a much smaller salary cap. The new CBA makes it cost the team less if they take a chance on a high draft pick and that player turns out to be a bust. In other words we needed a QB, and the new CBA makes it a lot smarter for a team to use a high draft pick to “REACH” for a player with high upside, that might also be a bust. Because Ireland “REACHED” for a player that probably wouldn’t have been drafted in the top 10 last year, he is protecting the team by adding the obvious clause.
The bottom line is Ireland is doing this for the team and NOT himself. One thing is for sure, if RT bombs and is no longer on the team in 4 years, you can bet that Ireland will elsewhere as well. I believe in RT and hope and believe that he is the future of our franchise, but if I am wrong and RT is no longer on the team in 4 years I will be thankful that someone had the forethought to protect the franchise against a $6 million dollar cap hit, that might keep us from signing his replacement.