Titans eyeing long-term deal with Ryan Tannehill
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill could be extended soon.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the team is looking to give him a long-term deal to remain the franchise quarterback.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2020
Tannehill was brought in during the 2019 offseason to back up Marcus Mariota. Mariota was benched after starting the season 2-4 under center. Once inserted into the starting lineup, Tannehill lead the Titans to a 7-3 record and playoff berth.
If Tannehill and the Titans cannot come to terms on a long-term extension, the seventh-year quarterback could be franchise tagged.
In 10 games this season Tannehill threw for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions, along with a 70.3 completion percentage.
Before going to Tennessee, Tannehill suited up for the Miami Dolphins, throwing for 20,434 yards, 123 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in six seasons. Miami made the playoffs once during that time, but Tannehill was unable to play due to injury.
Regardless of if Tannehill is rewarded with a long-term contract or franchised tagged, he will see a pay increase. Tannehill will earn a sizable amount more than the $1.75M contract he is playing on right now for the Titans.
Everyone on the Titans seemed to play better once Tannehill earned the starting spot. Derrick Henry ran for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns, while rookie wide receiver AJ Brown caught 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns.
Tennessee will take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Wild Card Saturday night. It will be a good litmus test for Tannehill and company with the new quarterback under center.
With the Mariota experiment likely over, Tennessee found its new quarterback.