The Miami Dolphins negotiate long-time quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the Tennessee Titans.
Miami will receive a fourth-round pick in 2020 with a seventh-round pick in 2019 in exchange for Tannehill and a sixth-round pick in 2019, a source told ESPN.
Tannehill will become an accomplished replacement for Marcus Mariota in Tennessee. Miami has a huge empty quarter to fill and seems to want to turn to the draft to do it.
The Titans have restructured Tannehill's contract into a $ 7 million fully guaranteed contract, with a chance to earn up to $ 12 million in bonuses for the 2019 season, a source told ESPN. The deal has been simplified for Tennessee as Miami will pay $ 5 million in guaranteed cash in the form of a signing bonus, ESPN's Adam Schefter said.
The Dolphins have decided to leave Tannehill earlier this season, and have spent the last few weeks actively seeking an exchange.
Tannehill originally had a salary of $ 18.7 million in 2019 and was supposed to represent $ 26.6 million of his salary cap. Miami, in full reconstruction, could not justify these huge numbers for a player who was clearly not part of his long-term future.
Tannehill will leave a $ 13.4 million dead limit on the Dolphins salary cap in 2019. But they have managed to get the market value of a player about to go out this season.
Tannehill is now reunited with veteran defenseman Cameron Wake, who signed a $ 23 million three-year deal with the Titans earlier this week.
Tannehill, 30, is the starting quarterback of the Dolphins since he was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft on Texas A & M.
He is 42-46 as a starter, with a completion rate of 62.8%, 20,434 passing yards, 123 touchdowns and 75 steals. He completed 64.2% of his passes for 1,979 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 2018.
Tannehill's time in Miami was marked by her lack of availability due to an injury and her inability to convince the Dolphins to get through the playoffs. Tannehill has missed 25 games in his last three seasons due to various injuries, including a right shoulder capsule injury that cost him five games in 2018.
The injuries also undermined some of what made Tannehill an intriguing quarterback early in his career: athleticism, ability to play games when they broke down and a powerful arm with precise precision.
For the Titans, they have been looking for several seasons to find a leading alternative as Mariota's injury insurance. Titans General Manager Jon Robinson has been creative in a trade to find the best option for this position.
Mariota, 25, has not played a full season of 16 games in her career. He is also playing on a fifth-year option worth $ 20.9 million and he is ready to become a free agent after the season.
Tannehill's skills should match those of Mariota, as both players rely on precision and movement to succeed.
The Dolphins spent seven years trying to get a complete assessment of Tannehill and they finally decided that it would be a counter-productive way to think of the same old dolphins as letting him take another shot with a new staff. Brian Flores was hired to replace Adam Gase as head coach at the end of the season.
The Dolphins are now facing a new era without a clear answer to the quarterback. They have actively examined the NFL Preliminary Class Project shifts in 2019. They appear to be a strong candidate for the selection of a potential client during the first round of this year's project or the next.
For the moment, the Dolphins only have two quarterbacks: Jake Rudock and Luke Falk. Neither of them started in the NFL, and they have combined for five career attempts.
Miami will look for a veteran quarter in the coming weeks to add to its list. The best available free agents include Colin Kaepernick, Blake Bortles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Robert Griffin III, AJ McCarron and Mike Glennon.