The Tennessee Titans acquired quarterback Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins along with a 2019 sixth-round pick for a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2019 seventh round pick. Tannehill’s contract had already been restructured so they deal could be completed.
This is an interesting trade for a couple of reasons. The first is that Ryan Tannehill wants to play when he is healthy. The second is that the trade happened because Tennessee does not plan on keeping Marcus Mariota around after this season.
Mariota is 25 years old and he is on the final year of his contract. The thing is, Marcus Mariota is injury prone and they want a reliable backup behind him. This move is a clear indication that the Tennessee Titans plan on contending for a playoff spot in the 2019 season.
The Miami Dolphins traded Tannehill because it is clear this franchise is starting fresh. They have a new coach at the helm and it is quite possible they are trading for Josh Rosen of the Arizona Cardinals.
Miami owns the 13th pick in the NFL draft. They could also use that pick to draft a quarterback if the chose not to acquire Rosen. Drew Lock from Missouri or Daniel Jones from Duke could very well be available with that selection.
Ryan Tannehill is 26 years old. He was a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. In his time with the Miami Dolphins, Tannehill completed 62.8 percent of his passes for 20,434 yards 123 touchdowns and 75 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,210 yards on 248 carries and six touchdowns. Those stats aren’t too bad for a quarterback who also played some wide receiver at Texas A & M.
A change of scenery should actually be a good thing for Tannehill. If he does play in any games this season, Ryan Tannehill will have a lot of help around him. The Titans will still have a solid offense. Tennessee also has a much better running game and wide receivers than Miami does. Their defense is also among the best in the AFC, far better than Miami’s.
The current quarterbacks on the Dolphins roster right now after the trade are Luke Falk and Jake Rudock. If that remains the same going into the first week of the season, they could be one of the worst teams in the NFL next season.
The Titans play in a very tough AFC South division with the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars. Tennessee has finished in second place in the AFC South for the past two seasons. They didn’t make it to the postseason last year, but they did in 2017 as the number five seed.
I think the Ryan Tannehill trade will benefit both teams in the immediate future as well as in the long term.