Depending on what the Tennessee Titans decide to do with Ryan Tannehill, the team may need to look to the draft to find his successor.
I expect that Ryan Tannehill will return to the Tennessee Titans next year, regardless of the contract terms. Named the Comeback Player of the Year, Tannehill was the heartbeat for the team in 2019, taking over for Marcus Mariota after a 2-4 start.
The Texas A&M product ripped off wins in seven of the final ten games and helped the Titans secure the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.
And, while his play in the postseason left a lot to be desired, there’s no denying his value to the team and that he’ll be back next year. That’s where it gets tricky, though, because Tannehill posted career-bests in several categories.
The Titans could slap the franchise tag on Tannehill for next year, which would come at a $27 million price tag, but it would allow the team to bide their time in finding their future quarterback via the NFL Draft or in free agency.
However, if Titans general manager, Jon Robinson, believes that Tannehill can produce at a high level, a multi-year deal would likely be in order for the 31-year-old.
Back to the franchise tag.
One more year of Tannehill would indicate that the Titans could potentially use one of their draft picks to find their quarterback for the 2021 season.
The Titans hold picks in the following rounds:
- Round 1: Tennessee
- Round 2: Tennessee
- Round 3: Tennessee
- Round 4: (traded to Miami)
- Round 5: Tennessee
- Round 6: Tennessee
- Round 7: (traded to Cleveland)
Let’s take a pre-combine look at quarterbacks that the team could select on all three days of the draft.