Tannehill takes big pay cut to facilitate trade to Titans

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The Dolphins were expected to cut quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but they managed to get something for him — and Tannehill agreed to take a lot less money from the Titans than the Dolphins were slated to pay him.

Tannehill gets a guaranteed $7 million from the Titans this season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Tannehill could earn incentives of more than $12 million, although if all goes according to plan in Tennessee, Tannehill won’t be earning those incentives because he’ll be on the sideline while Marcus Mariota plays.

Under his old contract, Tannehill was slated to make $18.75 million from the Dolphins this season. It was clear the Dolphins weren’t going to pay that, and many thought they would release him. Miami had to be pleased that it could get anything at all for Tannehill, something that could only happen because Tannehill agreed to the big pay cut to facilitate the trade.

The trade that sends Tannehill to Tennessee will net the Dolphins a fourth-round draft pick next year. The teams are also swapping late-round picks this year, with a 2019 seventh-round pick going to Miami and a 2019 sixth-round pick going to Tennessee.

12 responses to “Tannehill takes big pay cut to facilitate trade to Titans

  1. eagles will never sniff a super bowl now that cluless howie roseman brought back desean jackson

  2. “The fact is, desean [Jackson] was a ‘me-guy’ with an attitude problem and [Maclin] is the complete opposite, a team guy, a great character guy you go to war with,” said one source. “Funny how [Jackson] has this anti-bully thing and he thought he could push [Kelly] around; he found out otherwise. His being cut had nothing to do with the gang stuff. The team knew it. Everyone knew he had ‘ties.’ Those were his guys. That’s okay. What put him out was his selfishness. He can try and spin it all he wants how he’s ‘a team player.’ He’s not. I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released, more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’ He had no real connection with anyone.

  3. Why wouldn’t Tannehill want his freedom? I get the move with the teams involved, but I don’t understand Ryan being complicit with it.

    I guess he knows Mariota will miss some games this year so Tennessee is the best place to showcase himself.

  4. I don’t understand why Tannehill agreed to this, unless he didn’t think he could get $7 million as a back up on the free agent market. Not to mention if the Titans were willing to pay him that and give up draft picks, wouldn’t they be willing to pay him that via free agency without giving up draft picks . . . maybe more since the retain their draft capital. It is baffling to me that Tannehill agreed to the pay cut rather than sign as a free agent, clearly Miami wasn’t going to keep him at over $18 million for this year.

  5. Why take so much less? Perhaps he fells he can win starting spot and get the incentives. Otherwise, why not let yourself get cut and sign as a backup QB on the open market?

    Bird in the hand money, I guess.

  6. Well at least he can play for a contender and not be part of the first team to go 0 – 32 in 2 seasons.

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