While the NFL’s free-agent market will be loaded with top quarterbacks, including Tom Brady, the Tennessee Titans are reportedly focused on bringing back Ryan Tannehill.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Titans are engaged in discussions on a long-term contract with Tannehill and he is their priority with free agency just days away.
The Titans have been connected to Tom Brady, with reports even indicating the organization likes their chances of signing the future Hall of Famer. However, the front office could have used that information to potentially drive Tannehill’s price down.
Tannehill is coming off an outstanding season that saw him earn the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year honors after posting a 22-6 TD-INT ratio with a 117.5 quarterback rating in 12 games. Given his performance and the value he brought to the team, he could push for an average salary nearly $28 million.
The Titans took a chance on Tannehill last offseason and the move paid off, with the veteran rebounding in Tennessee and helping push the team to the AFC Championship Game.
While there might be some risk for the Titans in a long-term deal, given Tannehill’s inconsistent play with the Miami Dolphins, the front office clearly believes in his talent.
If the Titans can agree to a long-term deal with Tannehill within the next few days, they could place the franchise tag on Derrick Henry. From there, the Titans could focus on the 2020 NFL Draft with the latest mock draft giving them a top offensive tackle to protect Tannehill.