Miami Dolphins trade Ryan Tannehill to Titans for draft picks

Arnold Nichols
March 16, 2019

The Miami Dolphins are trading longtime starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans.

Tannehill's new contract is for $7 million for one season and is fully guaranteed.

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.

Tannehill threw for 17 touchdowns to 9 interceptions in 2018.

Tannehill's time in Miami was coming to a close with a new regime in place.


Tannehill will not count against the Dolphins salary cap in 2020. But he is likely to be drafted by the Cardinals, who hold rights to the number-one pick.

So from that perspective, it's quite logical to make the move for Tannehill, especially when it doesn't cost them anything more than a fourth-round pick down the road.

Tannehill's best season with the Dolphins might have come in 2016 when he helped the team earn a playoff spot and had career highs in completion percentage (67.1) and passer rating (93.5).

For the Titans, they've been looking for multiple seasons to find a top-end backup as injury insurance for Mariota. But he didn't have enough of them and then injuries really hit, including an ACL injury that wiped out his 2017 season. He had a wildly uneven season previous year that ended badly.

In order to make the trade work, the 30-year-old Tannehill has restructured his contract, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. 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.

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