Not only have the Tom Brady sweepstakes come to a screeching halt in Tennessee, but a Titans’ signal-caller, who started the 2019 season as a backup, will now be paid like a top 10 quarterback.
Ryan Tannehill and the Titans have reportedly agreed to a massive four-year contract. The lucrative deal reportedly will pay Tannehill $118 million over four years for an average of $29.5 million per year, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
The deal also apparently includes $62 million fully guaranteed and $91 million as a total guaranteed.
Here’s more numbers on Ryan Tannehill’s deal, per source:
2020 is $17.5m fully guaranteed.
2021 is $24.5m fully guaranteed.
2022 is $29m guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on 5th day of 2021 league year.
2023 is $27.5m base.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 15, 2020
The reported $29.5 million average per year would make Tannehill the seventh-highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
It’s a list headlined by the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. It also puts Tannehill ahead of the Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins and San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo.
Not too shabby for someone who didn’t start for the Titans until Week 7.
Tannehill, of course, was among the hottest quarterbacks over the second half of the 2019 season. He led the Titans to playoff wins over the New England Patriots and the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens before Tennessee bowed out in the AFC Championship Game.
The 31-year-old completed 60 percent of his passes during the postseason, throwing for five touchdowns in three games. It followed a regular season in which the seven-year NFL veteran posted a career-high 70.3 completion percentage while compiling a 7-3 record in Tennessee’s final 10 regular-season games.