Titans trade for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Titans are sending a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2019 seventh-rounder back to the Dolphins in exchange for Tannehill and a sixth-round selection this year. Tennessee is giving Tannehill a guaranteed $7 million contract for the 2019 season that includes incentives that could drive it up past $12 million depending on playing time.
When healthy, Tannehill has experienced success during his career in Miami, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case much lately. The Texas A&M product threw for over 4,000 yards in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but his best campaign really was in 2016 when he led the Dolphins to an 8-5 record and a playoff berth. Unfortunately, an injury kept him out of their Wild Card matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, where Miami was blown out.
Before the 2017 season, Tannehill tore his ACL in the organization’s first non-contact 11-on-11 practice session, forcing him to miss the entire campaign. He managed to stay on the field for 11 games in 2018, sporting a 5-6 record aided by the Miami Miracle. He notably finished the season on a sour note, losing the last three games of the year while tossing just one touchdown.
This trade comes shortly after the Dolphins failed to sign quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who chose to remain Drew Brees’ backup with the New Orleans Saints. It was previously reported that Miami is more interested in the 2020 quarterback class than the 2019 one, so they may look for another bridge signal-caller before drafting their QB of the future a year from now.
For Tennessee, adding Tannehill provides more insurance behind the often-injured Marcus Mariota, whose absence in the Titans’ Week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts cost the franchise a second-consecutive playoff appearance, something they haven’t done since the 2007 and 2008 seasons.