Titans trade for Ryan Tannehill

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The Dolphins have yet to add a quarterback to their roster for the 2019 season, but they have now parted ways with their starter from 2018.

The agents for Ryan Tannehill announced on Friday afternoon that their client has been traded to the Titans. They also announced that he’s signed a new one-year deal that presumably cuts his salary down from the $18.725 million he was due to make under the terms of his contract with the Dolphins.

While the agents announced the trade, there’s been no word about the compensation headed back to Miami.

Tannehill’s new contract presumably cements his status as the No. 2 behind Marcus Mariota as well. Given Mariota’s injury history, though, it would not come as a surprise if he makes some starts during the 2019 season. Mariota missed three games last year and has missed at least one game in all four of his NFL seasons.

With Tannehill off the roster, Jake Rudock and David Fales are the only quarterbacks under contract with the Dolphins.

UPDATE 2:49 p.m. ET: According to multiple reports, the Titans are sending a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2019 seventh-round pick to Miami for Tannehill and a 2019 sixth-round pick.

UPDATE 2:52 p.m. ET: Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Tannehill will make a fully guaranteed $7 million salary that can rise above $12 million if incentives, some of which are tied to playing time, are reached.

64 responses to “Titans trade for Ryan Tannehill

  1. Mariota sucks. Tannehill sucks. Might as well have a QB competition if not then why give up a 4th round pick?

  2. The only logic to what they paid for and are paying Tannehill (he would have been cut, and I can’t believe any other team offered much) is they are done with Mariota and are going to trade him (Raiders, Cards, Seattle) and then draft a QB.

    The new NFL, draft a QB load the team with talent (Seattle, Eagles, Rams and now the Browns). Make a run on the rookie QB contract. Trade QB at year 4 or 5 and clear the roster, rinse, repeat.

  3. Finally Tannerhill has gone. The fans have suffered enough over the last 7 years.
    Let’s move on.
    He goes to a team who has an injury prone QB in Mariotta and now an injury prone backup?

  4. bobmillion says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    The only logic to what they paid for and are paying Tannehill (he would have been cut, and I can’t believe any other team offered much) is they are done with Mariota and are going to trade him (Raiders, Cards, Seattle) and then draft a QB.

    The new NFL, draft a QB load the team with talent (Seattle, Eagles, Rams and now the Browns). Make a run on the rookie QB contract. Trade QB at year 4 or 5 and clear the roster, rinse, repeat.
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    Why would the Raiders, Arizona or SEA want Marcus Mariota when all 3 have better options at QB? Maybe SEA brings him in as a backup if he was cheap enough but AZ just signed a backup QB .

  5. If there was ever going to be a real “miracle in Miami” this is the year it would happen.

  6. “With Tannehill off the roster, Jake Rudock and David Fales are the only quarterbacks under contract with the Dolphins.”

    Miami better trade or draft for somebody better than these 2 guys or Fins fans are in for an awfully long season.

  7. David Fales is not on the roster. It’s Rudock and Luke Faulk. Not that it makes that much of a difference.

  8. Both of these QBs experience to many/long periods of ineffectiveness/injury although to be fair Mariota has had a better team around him. They better have a third person just in case.

  9. Titans get him for 7 million. What the Fins think they will get for a one year 7 million dollar contract that’s better than THill I’m not sure its out there but some have actually suggested Colin Kaepernick. I get that you don’t want him at his original high contract but at 7 million you let him go? Crazy days in Miami for sure.

  10. Hope Flores has a 5 year contract, because that is how ling this latest rebuild will take..

  11. @jonathankrobinson424 says:
    March 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm
    Its not a bad move by the Titans…you’re getting a veteran QB with experience & Mariota can’t seem to stay healthy. (As long as they did’nt give up too much for him)
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    Well they gave up 3 picks…which was 3 picks too many. They were probably going to cut him.

  12. So Titans went for Blaine Gabbert and now Tannehill. Clearly they haven’t a clue about starting QBs or backups!

  13. This is a dumb trade it was clear the Dolphins were planning on cutting him so why wouldnt the Titans wait till he was cut to then sign him for cheaper and not lose a draft pick

  14. Mariota better protect those legs…

    …..and his elbow. He has missed several games with repeated ulnar nerve injuries.

    Maybe those were fluke injuries, or maybe the notch at his elbow is shallow and makes it more likely for the ulnar nerve to be compressed.

  15. He came cheap for the Titans. Miami paid 5 million of the 7 that he is getting from the Titans in a signing bonus. So Titans only need to pay 2 mil. I hope Miami rides with Faulk, I want to see what he can do. Won’t be much worse than the last few years.

  16. TheGuru says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm
    @jonathankrobinson424 says:
    March 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm
    Its not a bad move by the Titans…you’re getting a veteran QB with experience & Mariota can’t seem to stay healthy. (As long as they did’nt give up too much for him)
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    Well they gave up 3 picks…which was 3 picks too many. They were probably going to cut him.

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    Titans gave up 2 picks (4th and 7th), and got 1 pick back (6th round).
    I had thought the Dolphins might cut him as well, but they also could have used their leverage (as being the only team in the NFL with a chance for Tannehill to start games in 2019)… and given him the option of taking a pay cut versus being released.

    Since &7 million is the top rate for a back up QB these days, they maybe could have got him to drop his salary to a guaranteed $7-10 million plus incentives. He really wouldn’t have had any chance of topping that number as a free agent.

  17. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    “With Tannehill off the roster, Jake Rudock and David Fales are the only quarterbacks under contract with the Dolphins.”

    Miami better trade or draft for somebody better than these 2 guys or Fins fans are in for an awfully long season.
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    I think that’s the point. It looks like the Dolphins are purposely trying to be awful this year in order to land a franchise QB in next years draft. Or who knows maybe they love someone in this years draft and plan on trading up for him. Miami has to have some sort of plan though, you dont just release your starting QB w/ out one when the only QB’s on your roster are not even 2nd string quality players.

  18. Lol Ryan Tannehill never was an NFL quarterback. He was an option throwing college Wide Reciever who never developed. Matt Moore a 7th round draft pick got the Dolphins into the playoffs. Something Tannehill with his lack of QB skills could never do.

  19. Chris Grier has now brought in an extra 3rd, 4th and 5th round pick next year cementing a-shot to pick Tua or Fromme. I’ll take short termpain for lo g term gain.

    Fins up!!

  20. Did they just acquire an injury prone backup for their injury prone starter?

    How does that make the least bit of sense?

  21. hawkkiller says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm
    bobmillion says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    The only logic to what they paid for and are paying Tannehill (he would have been cut, and I can’t believe any other team offered much) is they are done with Mariota and are going to trade him (Raiders, Cards, Seattle) and then draft a QB.

    The new NFL, draft a QB load the team with talent (Seattle, Eagles, Rams and now the Browns). Make a run on the rookie QB contract. Trade QB at year 4 or 5 and clear the roster, rinse, repeat.
    —————————————–

    Why would the Raiders, Arizona or SEA want Marcus Mariota when all 3 have better options at QB? Maybe SEA brings him in as a backup if he was cheap enough but AZ just signed a backup QB .

    Mariota as a starter not a back-up, different coach my have better luck. The QB’s in this draft so far rate below the 5 1st rounders last year, which is not good. So, Gruden doesn’t like Carr, Arizona thinks they made a mistake with Rosen (don’t want a rookie coach and QB with no O-line) but have other bigger needs and I don’t see Seattle paying $35 to $40 million a year for Russell they won a Superbowl on his rookie contract, but haven’t been close since they paid him. All three could be traded for decent picks. Mariota will probably end up being fairly cheap with signing in the low 20’s as a bottom ten QB, worth the risk and price to try him out.

  22. David Fales is better than most of the highest rated QB’s in this draft. Most QB’s never get an opportunity unless they were drafted early. They just kind of get labelled and everyone follows the crowd. They say colleges aren’t doing a good job of preparing QB’s for the pro’s, but the reality is that pro’s don’t do a good job evaluating college QB’s. Also, many pro QB’s hold down their jobs for 15 years or more, so opportunities are few and far between. But a guy like Tannehill, who was an early draft choice, will get several years to prove that he can’t play, while a guy like Fales never gets one chance to prove that he can play.

  23. Although I felt Miami needed to get away from Tannehill, I appreciate his hard work and the dedication. Good for him to get a fresh start as well for Miami.

  24. Great move for the Titans. After watching the Colts/Titans in week 17, you knew Gabbert was on thin ice.

    He may not be elite, but is good enough for a 4-6 game stretch if needed.

  25. If u r a young Dolphins fan and u need a good cry then YouTube Dan Marino highlights and grab a box of tissues. If he played in the Bellichick era he would have a ring on each finger.

  26. Miami gave him every opportunity to succeed(7 years), couldn’t quite get over the hump(skill set plus injuries). But, he will be a decent #2. Not sure what is happening in Music City, I think they are waiting for Miracle#2 with Mariota(aint gonna happen y’all).

  27. slippery59 says:
    March 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    This looks like a move that allows the Titans to not pick up Mariota’s 5th year option.
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    Tannehill is on a 1 year deal, so this move doesn’t have much impact beyond 2019.
    If the Titans move on from Mariota, they would need to re-sign Tannehill next year as UFA.
    If I were the Titans, I would take my chances and let them both hit free agency.
    Neither one of them has proven enough to make a multi-year commitment going forward.

  28. Titans now added to the teams that have a #2 QB that is better than Kirk Cousins.

    Poor Barneys

  29. And Teddy Bridgewater walked away from the dolphins to backup Brees. This was the starting job open for next year. I’m sure they didn’t tell him but you can bet they hinted strongly. Must be he thought this was not the right fit.

  30. bobmillion says:
    March 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm
    hawkkiller says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm
    bobmillion says:
    March 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm
    The only logic to what they paid for and are paying Tannehill (he would have been cut, and I can’t believe any other team offered much) is they are done with Mariota and are going to trade him (Raiders, Cards, Seattle) and then draft a QB.

    The new NFL, draft a QB load the team with talent (Seattle, Eagles, Rams and now the Browns). Make a run on the rookie QB contract. Trade QB at year 4 or 5 and clear the roster, rinse, repeat.
    —————————————–

    Why would the Raiders, Arizona or SEA want Marcus Mariota when all 3 have better options at QB? Maybe SEA brings him in as a backup if he was cheap enough but AZ just signed a backup QB .

    Mariota as a starter not a back-up, different coach my have better luck. The QB’s in this draft so far rate below the 5 1st rounders last year, which is not good. So, Gruden doesn’t like Carr, Arizona thinks they made a mistake with Rosen (don’t want a rookie coach and QB with no O-line) but have other bigger needs and I don’t see Seattle paying $35 to $40 million a year for Russell they won a Superbowl on his rookie contract, but haven’t been close since they paid him. All three could be traded for decent picks. Mariota will probably end up being fairly cheap with signing in the low 20’s as a bottom ten QB, worth the risk and price to try him out
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    Arizona does not think they made a mistake with Josh Rosen. Josh Rosen is a highly talented QB, with a good OL in front of him he easily could still become a top 10 QB. That’s AZ first option at QB. Arizona also could draft Kyler Murray, though they wont they’re looking to trade the #1 pick and build around Rosen but both QB’s are much better talents than Marcus Mariota, who after several years in the NFL has proven to be nothing more than a low-end starter. Arizona options at QB are much better than Marcus Mariota is and they have do not have to give up anything to any other team to keep Rosen or draft Murray.
    Gruden in Oakland has Derek Carr, who is also a better QB than Mariota is. Gruden also is reported to love Kyler Murray and the Raiders are supposedly very high on him as organization, with 3 first round picks they easily could package something together and go get him. Both of those QB’s are much better options than Marcus Mariota is.
    And if the Titans did Mariota on the market they would not get anything close back compared to what they paid for him. TENN Might get a 4th for Mariota, there just isnt much of a market for an injury prone QB who struggles to throw more than 15TDs a season.

  31. charliecharger says:
    March 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    David Fales is better than most of the highest rated QB’s in this draft. Most QB’s never get an opportunity unless they were drafted early. They just kind of get labelled and everyone follows the crowd. They say colleges aren’t doing a good job of preparing QB’s for the pro’s, but the reality is that pro’s don’t do a good job evaluating college QB’s. Also, many pro QB’s hold down their jobs for 15 years or more, so opportunities are few and far between. But a guy like Tannehill, who was an early draft choice, will get several years to prove that he can’t play, while a guy like Fales never gets one chance to prove that he can play
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    Dude, David Fales is not a better QB prospect than the top QB’s in this draft. Kyler Murray is just as talented a prospect as Baker Mayfield was but with more mobility, atleast according to PFF. Haskins is a highly talented pocket passer. Drew Lock though he has holes to his game is much more talented than Fales. Heck Daniel Jones is a far better prospect. There is a reason Fales was a late 6th round pick 183rd overall and all of those guys are graded as first round picks.

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