Dolphins Trade Ryan Tannehill To Titans

The Titans have a new quarterback. On Friday, the Titans acquired Ryan Tannehill in a trade with the Dolphins, according to a tweet from Tannehill’s agents. ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe tweets that Miami will be receiving a 2019 seventh-rounder (presumably No. 233) and a 2020 fourth-rounder. Meanwhile, the Titans will be getting Tannehill and a 2019 sixth-rounder (presumably No. 188).

As a part of the deal, the Titans have also restructured Tannehill’s contract for the 2019 season.’s Ian Rapoport tweets that it’s effectively a one-year deal worth $7MM guaranteed. There are playing-time incentives that could boost that total to $12MM. Either way, Tannehill will be one of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the NFL. Furthermore, it’s not as significant of an investment for the Titans thanks to the Dolphins; Miami ultimately paid $5MM of that $7MM guarantee via a signing bonus, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter).

With Marcus Mariota under center in Tennessee, Tannehill will be eyeing a backup role from the onset. However, the veteran could end up working his way into the lineup; Mariota has missed at least one regular season game in each of his four seasons, including two in 2018. With Tannehill, the Titans at least have reliable insurance in case their starter does go down.

The 30-year-old finished last season having completed 64.2-percent of his passes for 1,979 yards, 17 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in 11 starts. He led the Dolphins to a 5-6 record during his outings. While these numbers aren’t outstanding, they’re probably significantly better than what the Titans incumbent backup, Blaine Gabbert, would be able to put up.

The Dolphins have been dangling Tannehill for some time and had little interest in keeping him under the terms of his contract. Tannehill was scheduled to carry a $26.6MM cap hit for Miami in 2019 with a roughly even split in dead money and cap savings in the event of a release.

This week, the Dolphins tried – and failed – to land Tyrod Taylor and Teddy Bridgewater. With few free agent difference-makers remaining, the organization may be forced to shift their focus to the draft. At the very least, it’s unlikely the Dolphins roll into the regular season with their current quarterbacks depth chart, a grouping that consists of Luke Falk and Jake Rudock.

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38 comments on “Dolphins Trade Ryan Tannehill To Titans

    • imindless

      Suprised that buffalo or arizona didnt try to trade for him. If arizona does draft murray i think using tannehill as a starter to develop him slowly makes complete sense. I think josh allen isnt very good either and tannehill would be an upgrade, but i digress. I think marriota has shown he is a franchise qb and is a middle of the rung journeymen qb. Also funny he and winston were touted as the next greats and goff and wentz surpassed both of them.

      • Phattey

        Josh Allen is a good qb it’s difficult when you play in buffalo and have no one to throw to and no o line

        • GeauxRangers

          He wasn’t an accurate QB in college and hasn’t been in the NFL. He is a project and may improve but at some point you have to call an orange an orange. I wouldn’t call him a good QB right now.

          • spazz

            Half of his incomplete throws were dropped passes. Josh Allen proved he’s a NFL caliber Quarterback. He doesn’t have any weapons, wheres zay Jones, and an oline and that’s why hes rushing for close to 100 yards every game.

        • JFree47

          He was inaccurate in college because of poor footwork, and playing at a small college with lesser coaches. He’s already improved tremendously.

    • Rondon

      Way too soon to say that. Mariota will have his 3rd or 4th offensive coordinator and I don’t care who the QB is, that much change never allows a guy to fully mature. Besides, Tannehill has as spotty an injury record as Mariota.

  1. landis

    Teddy Two-Gloves and Tyord can’t go to Miami because they’re in tank mode and black quarterbacks aren’t given the same room to fail like their white counterparts.

  2. dray16

    Backup? Mariota has been horrible for 2 straight years, Tannehill should start.

  3. kenleyfornia2

    Not having a good backup last year cost them a playoff trip so this is no suprise

  4. whipmaster

    My sources tell me that the Raiders will be trading Nathan Peterman to the Dolphins for a 2nd round pick.

  5. Chris

    I like this trade. Mariota has been inconsistent and injury prone. As someone above mentioned, a good backup QB last season would’ve gotten the Titans to the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

    • Rondon

      They weren’t going to the playoffs with either guy last year. There was no one consistent to throw to and the o-line was spotty in pass protection. And Tannehill has a spotty injury history too.

    • George Ruth

      Marcus is a very good QB & he hasn’t had very good protection from his front line & I don’t care who the QB is because if they have to keep picking themselves up off the ground of course their going to get injured.

      Now get a better front line to protect Marcus & then see if he can stay healthy.

      Oh if you think Marcus is injury prone then you obviously haven’t paid attention to Tannehill who has missed more time in the same time span than Marcus has due to injury

  6. herbert schaefer

    I am happy the fish got rid of him. I do not understand why it took 7 years.

  7. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    Scene: Miami Dolphins office…

    “Hey everybody! We FINALLY traded Tannehill away!!”

    (wild cheering, then a junior assistant speaks up)

    “That’s AWESOME! Who is our starter now for next season?”


  8. George Ruth

    The reason Marcus has missed games in each of his 1st 4 seasons is because he had a weak protections from his front line the guys that are supposed to keep him on his feet instead of picking himself up off the ground every other play.

  9. BoSoxWin

    Miami is obviously tanking in 2019 so they can draft Tua or Herbert out of Oregon this year. Unless they think Rosen can become a franchise QB, none of the 2019 prospects (excluding Murray MAYBE) are nearly as talented as Tua or Justin Herbert are, so they would be wise to sit pat, get the #1 or #2 pick next year and finally get their franchise QB…their first since Marino!

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