Ryan Tannehill Open To Long-Term Deal With Titans?

Ryan Tannehill had done a lot to rehabilitate his value this season, and we learned earlier this week that his performance could lead to a long-term contract offer from the Titans. Well, it sounds like the veteran is receptive to sticking around Tennessee, as agent Pat Dye Jr. said the organization will have every chance to re-sign his client.

“They will have every opportunity to work it out if they determine he’s their long-term answer,” Dye Jr. told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler (Twitter link).

As Fowler details in another tweet, the Titans were interested in signing Tannehill to a two-year deal following their trade with the Dolphins. However, the quarterback opted for a one-year, $7MM deal (with up to $12MM in incentives) instead. This decision provided the veteran with some flexibility in case Marcus Mariota retained the starting gig. That didn’t end up being the case, as the Titans seem set to move on from the former second-overall pick.

Tannehill took over as the Titans starting quarterback in Week 7, and he’s led his team to a 6-1 record since that time. In total, the 31-year-old has appeared in nine games (seven starts) this season, completing 73.4-percent of his passes for 1,993 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions. The veteran leads the NFL in both passer rating (118.5) and yards per pass attempt (9.8).

Despite rumors that Tennessee could put the franchise tag on Tannehill, we recently heard that the Titans were considering a deal that would make Tannehill their starting QB for the foreseeable future. That is quite a development for a player who rarely lived up to his billing as a first-round pick with the Dolphins. Given his history, contract negotiations could be complicated, but at this point, it would not be surprising to see Tannhill land something akin to the four-year, $88MM pact (with over $50MM guaranteed) that Nick Foles received from the Jaguars this year.

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21 comments on “Ryan Tannehill Open To Long-Term Deal With Titans?

  1. DarkSide830

    Foles was dynamic two years in a row and brought a tesm riddled with injuries to the postseason as a backup. Tannehill is nowhere near his level.

  2. uvmfiji

    Uh he will be 32 next year. Sign him to a one or two year deal and draft a qb

  3. krillin89

    I always thought he was under rated being on the Dolphins not having a good team

    • lucienbel
      lucienbel

      Agreed. He didn’t have much around him when he was on the Dolphins, in terms of head coach or players. He always looked to have some talent to me though too. I’m not sure he’ll keep lighting it up quite like he has been, but he seems like he could hang around a while.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    Tannehill would be insulted by a long term offer about as much as I would be insulted by an offer to take a shower with Halle Berry.

  5. padam

    The headline is kind of silly. Of course he’s open to a long term contract. Who wouldn’t, and RT was searching for a backup spot less than a year ago. He just happens to be at the right place at the right time and performed well. Kudos.

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