Titans Lock up Ryan Tannehill, Tag Derrick Henry

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Written by Matthew Davidson
March 16, 2020
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Titans Sign Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans have agreed to a four-year, $118 million contract that includes $62 million fully guaranteed, as per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. 

A lot of respect and recognition should be given to not only Ryan Tannehill and his impressive 2019 season, but the Titans organization for sneaking out the former Dolphin quarterback as a smart investment. Tannehill missed the entire 2017 season and six games in 2018. Yet was acquired along with a 2019 sixth-round pick,  from the Dolphins for a 2019 seventh-round pick and 2020 fourth-round pick. Tannehill then won the starting job in Tennesee and lead the team deep into the playoffs with upset wins over the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. 

Tannehill had a 60% completion percentage in the postseason with 6 touchdowns  (one rushing) and one interception. If it wasn't for a late two-touchdown rally by the Kansas City Chiefs - something they did often throughout the playoffs - the Titans would have been representing the AFC in Super Bowl LIV.

In terms of Tannehill's salary and dollar value in comparison to what other teams are paying league-wide, the Titans are clear winners moving forward. On the surface, and subject to change once NFL free agency gets underway, the Titans made Ryan Tannehill the 7th highest-paid quarterback for average salary per year, but aren't handcuffed to him long term. His contract does not include guaranteed money in years three and four of this deal, and the team could essential part ways if things don't work out. 

The Titans have placed the Franchise Tag on Derrick Henry which means nearly all of the offense will remain intake for the 2020 season. The Titans have the 29th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and could try to target a CB if they fail to re-sign free agent Logan Ryan. However, adding another offensive weapon in what many are saying is a stacked wide receiver draft class could take the team to the next level. 


Matthew Davidson

Matthew is a long time fantasy football and dynasty football fan. He lives in Las Vegas and grew up rooting for the Raiders. The team moving to his hometown was very exciting news. Matthews is married and has two young boys.