The recently named Comeback and Most Improved Player by the Pro Football Writers of America, Tannehill’s statistics earned him nearly $3.5 million in incentives, according to a source who has viewed his contract.
Add that to the fact he’s helped his team reach today’s AFC title game against the Chiefs, and it’s been a pretty good year.
Tennessee paid just $1.75 million in a base salary. In that deal were several contract incentives aimed at rewarding performance.
To be specific, Tannehill earned $3.425 million in just 10 starts. His stats of 201 completions in 286 attempts for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions — completing 70.3 percent of his passes with a passer rating of 117.5 — eclipsed everything he did in Miami.
It paid off.
Here is the breakdown of his incentives:
Roster bonus: $250,000 for being on the 46-man roster for 13 games.
Passer rating: $1 million for having a rating of better than 96.0.
Playing time: $1 million, thanks to $100,000 in each of the 10 games during the season that he participated in more than 50 percent of the plays.
Wins: $175,000 because each win netted him $25,000, with all of the seven wins featuring him participating in more than 50 percent.
Passing yards: $500,000 for more than 2,250 passing yards.
Touchdown passes: $500,000 for more than 20 touchdowns.
That equals $3.42 million for Tannehill. In all, the QB made $10.25 million this year — $5 million from the Dolphins, $5.25 million from Tennessee.
Tannehill told reporters that he doesn’t feel like he’s changed much from his Miami days.
“Statistically, obviously, it’s better,” he said.