One of the most expected events of the offseason has happened. The Miami Dolphins have made it official—they are moving on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But they aren’t dropping him. They found a trade partner in the Tennessee Titans.
Miami is sending Tannehill and a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft to the Titans. In exchange, Tennessee is sending a seventh-round pick this year and a fourth-round pick next year.
Breaking: The Titans have acquired QB Ryan Tannehill in a trade with the Dolphins, according to his agency. pic.twitter.com/NIsvpVO3oz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 15, 2019
As part of the trade deal, Tannehill’s contract was restructured. Rather than make the $18.7 million he was set to collect, he will make $7 million guaranteed (of which the Dolphins will be covering $5 million) with a chance to make up to $12 million if he meets certain incentives.
Tennessee fans need not worry about the franchise doing something crazy. They are not giving up on Marcos Mariota. However, should he go down with another injury that causes him to miss a few starts, the Titans will be better prepared to win.
Four years into his NFL career, Marcos Mariota has yet to play in all 16 regular season games in a season. His rookie season it was an MCL sprain. The following year he fractured his right fibula in Week 16. A hamstring injury caused him to miss a game in 2017, and last year it was an elbow injury/stinger.
Then again, Tannehill has a pretty extensive injury history as well. He played in every game his first four seasons, but then missed three in 2016 with a knee injury. A knee injury suffered during drills caused him to miss the 2017 season. Last season he had some shoulder issues.
Thank you to the fans, my teammates, and the Dolphins organization for the last seven years. I’ve experienced some of the greatest blessings of my life in South Florida, and also faced some challenges that made me the man I am today. Grateful for it all 🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/XEuR6ZnzSJ
— Ryan Tannehill (@ryantannehill1) March 15, 2019
Titans General Manager Jon Robinson has made it clear where everyone stands—Mariota is the team’s starting quarterback, and Tannehill is the back-up.
“I talked to Ryan … and he understands that he is coming in as the back-up quarterback. I’ve talked to Marcus and told Marcus he is our starting quarterback.”
He went on to say that Tannehill will be there to push Mariota. But Mariota will be playing under the final year of his rookie contract (the fifth-year option). If the Titans don’t feel good about extending him, Tannehill could become an option.