Tannehill agreed to an extension with the Titans on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. According to Jeff Darlington of ESPN, it's a four-year deal worth $118 million total and includes $62 million fully guaranteed. The contract means the Titans won't need to utilize the franchise tag to retain the 31-year-old, who completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2019 while helping lead the Titans to the AFC Championship Game after taking over the starting job Week 7.
The Titans and Tannehill are reportedly close to agreeing on a multi-year extension for the QB, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. If that happens, the team won't need to apply a franchise tag to retain Tannehill, who would thus remain the team's starter at QB going forward. Additionally, per ESPN.com, committing to Tannehill would effectively rule out the Titans from pursuing fellow signal-caller Tom Brady in free agency.
Tannehill won the Comeback Player of the Year award Saturday. Tannehill earned the honors by leading the Titans to a 7-3 record after taking over as the starting quarterback and adding wins over the Patriots and Ravens in the playoffs before finally falling to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. That's quite the comeback story for a guy who was so bad in 2018 that even the Dolphins wanted to get rid of him, ultimately agreeing to an offseason trade with Tennessee rather than cutting Tannehill outright. Tannehill will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Titans will likely do everything in their power to keep him around.
Coach Mike Vrabel declined to comment on Tannehill's future with the Titans, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports. The Titans have an interesting offseason ahead, with Tannehill, Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry all scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, not to mention starting cornerback Logan Ryan and right tackle Jack Conklin. The team has plenty of cap space to retain Tannehill and Henry, at the very least, potentially using its franchise tag on one of the two. Vrabel didn't discuss contract situations Monday afternoon at his end-of-season press conference, but he did go out of his way to praise Tannehill's performance, noting how the 31-year-old quarterback led Tennessee to the AFC Championship Game and earned a Pro Bowl nod in the process. Common sense suggests Tannehill will get a multi-year contract or the franchise tag, while Mariota figures to hit the open market and may have to settle for a backup job, be it in Tennessee or elsewhere.
Tannehill completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 209 yards and two touchdowns in Titans' 35-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. He added three rushes for 11 yards. Tannehill couldn't keep pace with Patrick Mahomes, but he did throw for two touchdowns for the second consecutive game. His first came from one yard away to put the Ttians up 17-7 in the second quarter. However, he didn't follow that up with another score until late in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard strike to Anthony Firkser. The performance closed a campaign that rejuvenated Tannehill's career, as he led the Titans to a 7-3 record in the regular season prior to earning two playoff victories. He should be in line for a big payday this offseason, regardless of whether that comes in the form of the franchise tag or a long-term deal.
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|16||12/28||@Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|3 Year Avg||67.1||2360||20||8||165||2||218|