When the Tennessee Titans traded for Ryan Tannehill nearly a year ago to the day, this moment didn’t seem all that likely. Tannehill was coming off the worst season of any qualifying quarterback in the NFL in 2018, recording an overall grade of 45.3. After missing the 2017 season with a torn ACL and suffering through that 2018 season with the Miami Dolphins, Tannehill’s career was undoubtedly trending down. He was no longer viewed as a starting-caliber quarterback by many, and it led to the Titans trading for him to back up former number two overall pick Marcus Mariota, giving up a 2019 seventh-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick for Tannehill and a Dolphins’ sixth-round selection in 2019. It was a low-risk move for the Titans, but it was a move that ended up paying massive dividends.
It turns out that Tannehill’s starting days were not over, and after the Titans stumbled out to a 2-4 start to the season, he took over behind center for Mariota. The rest is, of course, what has led to him getting a contract with the Titans that averages nearly $30 million per year with over $60 million fully guaranteed.
Ryan Tannehill has agreed to terms on a new four-year contract with the Titans, per source. Here’s the numbers:
$29.5m average per year
$62m full guarantee
$91m total guarantee
BIG deal for Tannehill!
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 15, 2020