Miami Dolphins have exercised Laremy Tunsil’s fifth-year option
The headline says it all; the Miami Dolphins have picked up Laremy Tunsil’s rookie contract fifth-year option. All 2016 first-round draftees are up for fifth-round options and the dominoes have started to fall with Tunsil.
The announcement tweet, which can be seen below, was broken on Twitter by Armando Salguero and shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to Dolphins fans. Laremy Tunsil is one of the key cogs of the team and will be the cornerstone of an otherwise enfeebled offensive line that will likely be addressed in next week’s Draft.
The Dolphins have exercised the fifth year option on Laremy Tunsil. Not a hard decision.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) April 18, 2019
Laremy Tunsil is the surest thing on the Dolphins o-line in a unit that has seen better days and will require two to three new starters. While Tunsil was a no-brainer for the Dolphins to pick up that fifth-round option on, they’ll likely have to extend him at some point, which won’t come cheap since he’s one of the rising stars at left tackle.
But Laremy Tunsil is secured through the 2020 season. I hope between now and then the Dolphins spearhead an extension and get Tunsil locked up a little bit longer. Success in the trenches will start with Tunsil at left tackle and the Fins can fill in the rest during the draft.
Laremy Tunsil will realistically become the highest-paid left tackle at some point in the next few years, and the Dolphins would be wise to get ahead of the curve for that. I think that will happen.
The current frontrunner for left-tackle contracts is the Oakland Raiders’ Trent Brown, and he is making an APY (average per year) of $16.5 million with. The top ten left tackles are making from the aforementioned $16.5 million to $12 million for Green Bay’s David Bakhtiari, Kansas City’s Eric Fisher, and Cincinnati’s Cordy Glenn.
There’s an average APY of $14 million, but I expect Laremy Tunsil to eventually be well above that average when the time comes–I foresee the Dolphins making him the highest paid left tackle, remember. Full guarantees on those top-ten contracts are running between $16 and $36 million, so there’s much more variability with those portions of the contract.
Good and great left tackles aren’t cheap. Laremy Tunsil will break the bank in a few years and will be the highest paid left tackle if the Miami Dolphins intend on making him their franchise LT for years to come.
Laremy Tunsil was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 2016 NFL draft after an unfortunate and unfair draft-day tumble that gave the team a golden opportunity. The 2016 class has proven to be extremely fruitful (for the most part). Along with Tunsil, Xavien Howard, Kenyan Drake, and Jakeem Grant were selected in the second, third and sixth rounds, respectively, and all have made major contributions in one form or another.
Exercising Tunsil’s fifth-year option is good news for Fins fans. It’s not a blockbuster trade or a splash signing, but taking care of the best players already on the team before it snowballs out of control a la Jarvis Landry or Ju’Wuan James is a step in the right direction. And while exercising Tunsil’s option is an obvious choice, it’s still an encouraging sign nonetheless.
All contractual information courtesy of Over the Cap.
Miami Dolphins Madden 20 Ratings
With Madden 20 hitting shelves on August 2nd, EA Sports has released the official player and team ratings for the game.
Here are the top 5 rated Miami Dolphins in Madden 20:
Madden 20 took a different approach with ratings this year in order to create more distance between elite players and non-elite players. But with that being said, having Laremy Tunsil (who only surrendered 1 sack for all of the 2018 season) and Xavien Howard (INT leader and Pro Bowler) rated below 90 is insanity. These ratings are subject to change through out camp and preseason, so there is still hope that these ratings go up.
Here is my top 5 list of players that will most likely receive a big boost in their ratings between now and the end of the season.
Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan will have the benefit of having their Head Coach and Defensive Coordinators be former Linebacker coaches. Jerome Baker has recently put on weight to better handle his new and expanded role in the defense. Vincent Taylor was on a tear last year before his injury and now can build on his 2018 performance. Minkah Fitzpatrick should already be rated above 80, he does everything so well, so I don’t see him staying stagnant whatsoever. Josh Rosen is rated 70 due to him struggling as a rookie with Arizona but under Chad O’Shea’s system, I see Rosen elevating his game to at least reach the 80s club.
Click the link below to view the Miami Dolphins Madden 20 ratings and let me know on Twitter what you think. Is Madden and the rest of the league sleeping on the Miami Dolphins or did they get it right?
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Assistant HC/QB Coach Jim Caldwell Takes Leave Of Absence
The Miami Dolphins have announced that Assistant HC/Quarterbacks Coach, Jim Caldwell will be taking a leave of absence from the Miami Dolphins, citing heath reasons.
Jim Caldwell brings an experienced level of coaching leadership to Miami as the Dolphins aim to mentor their young QB prospect, Josh Rosen.
Caldwell is still expected to be available as a consultant and information resource for the team through the 2019 season, but clearly there are larger pressing concerns for the 64 year old coach.
Brian Flores had surrounded himself with experienced staff heading into his debut season as Head Coach and the impact of Caldwell’s regular presence will likely only make the road a little more difficult.
Whatever the issues may be, our best wishes at Locked On Dolphins go to Coach Caldwell for a speedy and full recovery.
“Our focus is on Jim’s health and supporting him in every way that we can. With his knowledge and experience, Jim has been an invaluable member to our coaching staff and will continue to serve as a sounding board for me throughout the season.” – Coach Brian Flores
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 13, 2019
Dolphins Defensive Tackle Kendrick Norton Loses Arm After Car Accident
Kendrick Norton was involved in a two-car accident late Wednesday night that resulted in the amputation of the 22-year-old’s arm. Paramedics arrived on-site with a surgeon and it has been reported that the only way to free Norton from his vehicle was to remove the arm.
With sadness, I can confirm that Kendrick Norton was in a car accident last night and suffered multiple injuries, including the amputation of his arm. We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) July 4, 2019
We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 4, 2019
The Dolphins signed Norton — a former Miami Hurricanes standout — from the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad on 19 December 2018 after placing Frank Gore on IR. Norton was set to compete for a roster spot this summer at Dolphins training camp.
Norton is in critical condition, but is expected to survive the crash. Following this devastating event it is more than likely that the young player’s NFL career has sadly come to an abrupt end.
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