Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been named the AP Comeback Player of the Year for the 2019 season.
Jim Wyatt of Titans Online broke the news.
Tannehill was selected as the No. 8 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2012 NFL Draft, and after an unsuccessful stint there he was traded to the Titans following the 2018 season in exchange for draft picks.
The Texas A&M product started off the season as the backup to quarterback Marcus Mariota, but was inserted under center during the Week 6 loss to the Denver Broncos. In Week 7, Tannehill was officially named the starter and his impact was felt immediately.
From there, Tannehill led the Titans to a 7-3 record in the last 10 games of the regular season, propelling the team to a 9-7 record and a playoff appearance. In the process, he helped take the Titans’ offense to new heights of production.
Tannehill finished the regular season with 2,742 passing yards and 22 touchdowns to six picks, while also adding four rushing scores to his impressive stats. He also finished first in the NFL in passer rating (117.5) and third in completion percentage (70.3).
His standout 2019 campaign led to him getting plenty of national attention, which has culminated in him winning the Comeback Player of the Year award.
As the 2020 offseason approaches, Tannehill is set to become a free agent and could end up being one of the most sought-after free agents at his position should he hit the open market.
The Titans will have a decision to make on Tannehill. The hard part will be how they go about trying to bring him back, as Tennessee could opt to use either the franchise or transition tag, or simply give him a long-term deal.
Spotrac has Tannehill’s market value set at four years and $122.2 million, which works out to $30.5 million annually. That would be an expensive bet on a guy who has just 10 games under his belt with the franchise.