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Tannehill agrees to terms; receivers emerging; Johnson wants the ball; position switches on defense

Note: I am posting four of my Saturday Dolphins stories here. This one includes Saturday notes from training camp. Please click on the last post for more Saturday notes, including the latest developments on Chad Johnson. Please click on the post before that for my story on Karlos Dansby and Cam Wake changing positions.


Ryan Tannehill has agreed to terms with the Dolphins, a source said. He will sign a four year contract worth $12.6 million, with a team option for a fifth year. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.

The Dolphins made some concessions but Tannehill did not get the offset language fully removed from his deal. That offset language would allow the Dolphins to avoid guaranteeing all of his money if he's cut during the length of the contract. Tannehill did not want to continue missing practice time.

Tannehill had missed the first two days of camp.

### Among Dolphins receivers who lack a large body of work, Roberto Wallace and Julius Pruitt consistently have received the most praise from teammates the past two months.

The Dolphins coaching staff apparently agrees.

With Brian Hartline missing practice because of a calf injury, Pruitt received playing time with the first team Saturday when the Dolphins went to a four-receiver set, along with Chad Johnson, Davone Bess and Legedu Naanee.

“I’m expecting this to be a big year for me,” Pruitt said. “I’ve improved a lot.”

Wallace received some work with the starters during the team’s offseason program, and Pruitt and Wallace appear to be running fifth and sixth among Dolphins’ receivers. It’s difficult to envision Miami keeping more than six, if that many.

But it’s still early, and Clyde Gates and others have a chance.

Of Pruitt and Wallace, coach Joe Philbin said: “You like their body types. They’ve caught the ball very well. You watch them run around the field, they’re the first guys in their drills and they’re hustling.

“I love their attitude. I think they have good skill. I think they run well. I think they have good hands. I think those two guys definitely have a future and I’m excited to see what they’re going to do during training camp.”

Hartline declined to discuss his injury but said he feels “pretty good.” Asked about Hartline’s chances of being a No. 1 receiver, Philbin said: “I can’t tell you right now… if he’s the No. 1 receiver or not.”


David Garrard outplayed Matt Moore for the second consecutive day. Moore had a pass batted down (his third in two days) and made at least seven poorly-thrown passes, including four overthrows. Garrard wasn’t perfect but threw several pinpoint passes.

### Safety Chris Clemons sat out practice with a bruised knee, and Jimmy Wilson replaced him in 11-on-11 drills. Also in the secondary, cornerback Richard Marshall replaced Vontae Davis with the first team for a few reps during those drills, opposite Sean Smith.

### Eric Steinbach, who signed with the Dolphins on Thursday, said he worked out for Baltimore and Miami this past week but the Ravens didn’t offer him a contract because of concerns about last year’s back injury, which required surgery and forced him to miss the season.

“These guys didn’t have a problem with it here, and they figured I’m recovered 100 percent from the surgery, which I have,” he said.

Steinbach again played with the second team at left guard, behind Richie Incognito, and said he has never played an NFL down at right guard, where Artis Hicks continues to run with the first team.

Asked whether he might shift to right guard, Steinbach said, “Not much was said about that. They said… ‘Since you’ve been a left guard throughout your career, start there and we’ll figure it out.’ I have to chip away at some rust…. As long as I’m healthy and getting the system down, I feel confident I’m one of the best five.”

Philbin was Steinbach’s offensive line coach at the University of Iowa and “that’s the reason I’m here,” Steinbach said. “Coach Philbin was such a great offensive line technician. I owe a big part of my NFL success to him.”