The No. 9 overall draft pick, Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, signed several weeks ago for four years and $12.578 million. Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron, the No. 7 pick, also reportedly signed Friday for four years and $14.5 million.
Therefore, the framework is set for No. 8 overall pick Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins to reach an agreement. Tannehill, Miami's quarterback of the future, should fall somewhere between Barron and Kuechly’s salary. With the rookie pay scale, it’s easier than ever to sign draft picks.
The Dolphins report to camp on Thursday, and they need Tannehill in camp on time. Although a long shot, he has a chance to compete with veterans Matt Moore and David Garrard for the starting quarterback job.