Dolphins sign 2 draft picks to deals, Tannehill’s coming soon?

The Miami Dolphins aren’t in a rush to sign their 9 draft picks from the class of 2012.  While some teams have already signed their entire draft class, the Dolphins are taking their time.  Thus far, the Dolphins have signed 2 draft picks, Kheeston Randall (DT, 7th round) and BJ Cunningham (WR, 6th round).  The Dolphins aren’t in a rush because, honestly, they don’t have to be.  Because of the new CBA rules, the draft picks are slotted and their contracts are relatively simple to negotiate.  Each pick in the draft has a slotted salary based on where they were drafted.

One holdup, as the Miami Herald mentions here, will be with Josh Kaddu.  A rookie can’t take his physical until his classes are finished for the semester.  Kaddu, for example, will not be eligible to take his physical until mid-June….which means he can’t officially sign his contract until then.  The new CBA rules for rookie contracts will mean that every rookie should be in training camp on time.  No more holding out or prolonged negotiations with rookies.  This is good for the young men and for the teams because it means the rookies will get an entire offseason of work.

There is a buzz that the Dolphins are working on getting Ryan Tannehill signed sometime soon.  It appears that all of Tannehill’s contract will be guaranteed.  Here’s what the Palm Beach Post had to say about his contract:

“Ryan Tannehill, the No. 8 overall pick, certainly will qualify for the top 51. He will sign a four-year contract (with an option fifth year) worth $12,668,502, every penny of which is guaranteed, and he will receive a signing bonus of $7,653,456 (which is prorated over four years for salary cap purposes).”

That certainly wouldn’t have been possible if the new rookie slotting system wasn’t in place.  As a top 8 pick, Tannehill would have been negotiating for a deal with A LOT more guaranteed money.   We’ll keep you posted, but there is no reason that any of the Dolphins rookies should miss any time of contract negotiations.  The Dolphins have a mini camp this week, starting on Tuesday… sure to check back for updates!

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