A friend of Ryan Tannehill’s pushed back on a National Football Post report that the Dolphins quarterback told a teammate to “enjoy your practice-squad paycheck,” telling the Miami Herald that Tannehill never commented on a teammate’s income.
Furthermore, the associate said it would be “shockingly uncharacteristic” if Tannehill commented on anyone’s salary — including his own — at any point in his career.
The Miami Herald accurately reported Monday that Tannehill grew angry when linebacker Chris McCain did something more aggressive than typical for a Saturday practice, with the quarterback saying something to the effect that he would prepare a scout-team trophy for him.
The friend did acknowledge that Tannehill grew irritated with the scout team, finding the antics disruptive, and expressed that directly to his teammates, but not with the language reported elsewhere, the friend said.
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Tannehill signed a six-year, $96 million contract extension in the spring; practice-squad players usually earn around $7,000 per week. The disputed report has gone viral in recent days, putting Tannehill in a unflattering light.
Tannehill will likely speak with reporters Wednesday when the Dolphins return to practice.