Ryan Tannehill is headed to Tennessee. In exchange, the Dolphins will receive a 2019 seventh-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick. Along with Tannehill, the Dolphins will send a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Titans. It looks as if Miami will be looking for a new starting quarterback this offseason, while the Titans will get a great backup for starter Marcus Mariota.
Here’s the full trade, per source:
Miami gets a 2020 4th RD & 7th in 2019.
Tenn gets Ryan Tannehill and 6th in 2019.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2019
Miami possesses the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, in which they can invest in Tannehill’s replacement. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones and Missouri quarterback Drew Lock will likely be available at this point in the draft. Of course, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray will likely be taken within the top ten picks.
After acquiring Tannehill, the Titans will have three quarterbacks on their depth chart. This includes Tannehill, as well as starter Marcus Mariota and last year’s backup Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert will likely be cut at some point to open up a roster spot for a position that needs it more.
The fourth-round and seventh-round draft pick that the Dolphins received could turn out to be valuable assets. Tennessee gets the sixth-rounder this year too, which could help add depth to a position in need.
In his career, Tannehill has led 13 game-winning drives, started all 88 games he has played in, has thrown for over 20,000 yards and has a 123/75 touchdown/interception ratio. Tennessee will hope that he can become a reliable backup for Mariota in case he needs to step in.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins open up a great deal of cap space that they can use effectively in free agency. Some of the top available free agents right now include tight end Jared Cook, linebacker Justin Houston, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and many more. It will be interesting to see how the Dolphins will use their many assets this offseason and next.