Amid rumors and reports that the Miami Dolphins are considering a move away from Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins coach Adam Gase declared Wednesday that there is little to that speculation.
When asked whether Tannehill would have an issue if Miami drafted a QB, perhaps his successor, at No. 11, Gase said, "Ryan would never shy away from anybody coming in at that position. Ryan is going to be our starting quarterback. And I don't see that changing anytime soon. And 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."
Tannehill missed all of the 2017 season while rehabbing his knee injury suffered deep into the 2016 season. That campaign, his first under Gase, was arguably his best as a pro (8-5, 67.1 comp. pct., 93.5 rating. Gase said Wednesday that Tannehill's rehab is going swimmingly, and that his return to the field is not in question.
"As far as what the trainers and doctors have told me, everything has progressed extremely well," Gase said. "He's always going to be ahead of where he's supposed to be. He's a physical freak and we'll just kind of play this one as the weeks go on, throughout the offseason."
An iffy season with Jay Cutler under center followed the Tanne-drama, and now with Cutler and backup quarterback Matt Moore moving into free agency, a vacancy has opened up in the Dolphins QB room.
NFL draft tsar Mike Mayock suggested during his pre-combine conference call that Miami is at a "crossroads" with its starting QB, now entering his seventh season.