The Tennessee Titans signed Ryan Tannehill to a 4-year, $118 million extension on Sunday. This includes a total of $91 million in guarantees.
This is a pretty significant deal in this year’s free-agency. Analysts have been speculating about what the Titans would do with their quarterback situation. Tannehill came off the bench last season and led the Titans all the way to the AFC Championship game. Some thought the Titans would pursue potential free-agent Tom Brady, but the Titans showed they have faith in Tannehill.
— Ryan Tannehill (@ryantannehill1) March 15, 2020
The Titans signed Tannehill in 2019 after a somewhat average 6 seasons in Miami. And after Marcus Mariota went down with an injury in week 6, Tannehill took over. He then went on an unbelievable run, going 7-3 in his 10 starts. During that run he completed 70% of his passes for 2,742 yards and 22 touchdowns to just 6 picks. (via Pro Football Reference)
Some think that Tannehill isn’t worth big money considering he doesn’t put up big numbers and take over games like a Patrick Mahomes. Though, he does what the Titans need their quarterback to do and he does it well. He’s efficient and he can make plays when he needs to. The Titans put their confidence in Tannehill on display with this extension. They didn’t even want to take a shot at Brady, they knew they had their guy.
Now that this deal is official, the Titans can now focus on Derrick Henry. Henry is set for a large payday coming off the best season of his career and leading the league in rushing yards. Though the running-back market is tricky right now. While many premier backs are holding out for big money, some teams like the Chargers are proving that running backs may not be worth it. The Titans are expected to franchise tag Henry, keeping him next year for around $12.3 million. (via Sports Illustrated)