Dolphins trade quarterback Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee

  • Dolphins trade quarterback Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee

Dolphins trade quarterback Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee

The Miami Dolphins have traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans, Tannehill's agency Sports Trust Advisors announced Friday.

The Titans restructured Tannehill's contract into a deal that will pay him $7 million fully guaranteed with a chance to make up to $12 million in incentives for the 2019 season, a source told ESPN. The Dolphins get a fourth-round pick in 2020 and a 2019 seventh-round pick, and the Titans get Tannehill and a 2019 sixth-round pick according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The move, which comes a day after free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater balked at Miami's offer to sign, will put Tannehill squarely behind veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota. Miami, in the midst of a rebuild, couldn't justify those huge numbers for a player who clearly wasn't part of their long-term future.

The 30-year-old Tannehill has been the Dolphins starting QB since he was drafted with the eighth overall pick of the 2012 National Football League draft out of Texas A&M.

He departs Miami with a career 62.8 completion percentage and an 87 passer rating, and left money on the table. Rudock has appeared in three, completing 3-of-5 passes for 24 yards and an interception.

Tannehill's time in Miami was marked by his lack of availability due to injury and inability to get the Dolphins over the playoff hump. Mariota has games in all four of his National Football League seasons for a variety of injuries, including knee, hamstring, arm and shoulder. You could argue that he and Tannehill are incredibly similar - both are athletic, accurate quarterbacks and their playing style feels similar. He has rarely stayed healthy, and the Titans struggled last season with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback when Mariota was out. Before the trade, Tannehill had two years remaining on his contract and would've been paid a base salary of $18.7 million in 2019 and $19.4 million in 2020.

Tannehill, in all likelihood, was going to be released by the Dolphins this offseason, pending what they could figure out in the quarterback market. The belief is Miami might be willing to eschew taking a quarterback in the first round this year in order to set itself up to take one in next year's draft.