Colts punter expects mammoth Luck deal based on Tannehill contract

ByMike Wells ESPN logo
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill's new $96 million contract has many wondering what Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the premier player at that position from the 2012 draft class, will be paid once he gets his new contract.

The Dolphins quarterback is no better than the third-best quarterback in that 2012 class behind Luck and theSeattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson.

Outspoken Colts punterPat McAfeetweeted his opinion on Tannehill's contract.

McAfee was being nice about Tannehill's record as a starting quarterback. Tannehill is actually 23-25 as a starter.

Tannehill signed a $96 million contract that includes $45 million in guarantees. He also will get $25 million guaranteed in the first three years, and his $77 million in new money makes him the sixth highest-paid quarterback in the NFL over the final four years, according to his agent, Pat Dye.

Luck, who has led the Colts a step further in the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, won't get a new contract until the end of next season at the earliest, according owner Jim Irsay. The Colts already have picked up Luck's fifth-year option.

There is a good chance Luck will become the highest-paid quarterback -- and possibly the highest-paid player -- in the NFL once he gets his new contract. Dolphins reporter James Walker contributed to this report.

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