Last Sunday, two days before the start of free agency, the Tennessee Titans football team agreed to terms with quarterback Ryan Tannehill on a multi-year deal.
The terms of the deal are for four years for $118 million, averaging $29.5 million per year. The deal has $62 million fully guaranteed and $91 million total guaranteed.
“Just to be able to get the deal done was a huge relief,” Ryan Tannehill said. “I wanted to be back in Tennessee. I think we started something special there last year and have a lot of unfinished business. It’s a great organization, a great coaching staff, an incredible locker room that I have a lot of confidence in, players I love playing with. I am excited to be back. I wanted to be back and I’m so happy we were able to make it happen.”
Tannehill, who was acquired in a trade in March of 2019 from the Miami Dolphins, was named Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press following last season. In an interview earlier this offseason, Tannehill hoped he could return to Tennessee for the upcoming season and beyond.
“I do know I love the (Titans) organization, I love the team, I love the guys on the team, and I love the tone that head coach (Mike) Vrabel sets and the vision that he has,” Tannehill said while at the Pro Bowl back in January. “I feel like we’re headed in the right direction. I’d like for things to line up and I’d like to be back (in Tennessee) if it all gets worked out so we’ll just have to see. But hopefully we can get things worked out and keep building on what we did this year.”
Tannehill led the NFL last season with a quarterback rating of 117.5 rand guided the Titans to a pair of playoff wins: at the New England Patriots in the AFC Wild Card Game and at the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Game. The season ended in the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the eventual Super Bowl LIV champions.
During the regular season, Tannehill threw for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He led the Titans to a record of 9-4, including playoffs, since taking over as the team’s starting quarterback, replacing Marcus Mariota, in Week 7. He also set the franchise mark for completion percentage at 70.3%, which was the third-best in the NFL.
In addition to the Associated Press Award, Tannehill was also selected as both the 2019 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and the 2019 Most Improved Player of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America. Tannehill became just the second player since the Most Improved Player of the Year Award was instituted in 2000 to receive both the PFWA Most Improved and the Comeback Player of the Year awards in the same season, joining Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna in 2003.
Tannehill spent his first seven seasons with the Dolphins. During his NFL career, he has started 98 games over eight seasons, while throwing for 23,176 yards, 145 touchdowns, 81 interceptions and a career passer rating of 89.8. He has had 4,000-yard passing seasons in both 2014 and 2015. Tannehill also has rushed for 1,396 and 10 touchdowns on 291 carries during his NFL career.