Ryan Tannehill Rumors: Titans Discussing New Contract for QB to Remain Starter

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans calls a play from under center during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tennessee defeats Indianapolis 31-17.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans are reportedly "internally discussing a new contract for Ryan Tannehill after the season," according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Per that report, the Titans aren't discussing using the franchise tag to keep him but rather want to ink Tannehill to a "new deal to be the future starting quarterback of Tennessee."

Tannehill, 31, has saved Tennessee's season. Since being named the starter before the team's Oct. 20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, the Titans have gone 5-1. The Titans are now 7-5 after a disappointing 2-4 start. 

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From NFL Now: #Titans QB Ryan Tannehill has changed the face of the team's offense and put himself in prime position for 2020. https://t.co/iRacLdVUv1

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

One key to Ryan Tannehill's resurgence with the #Titans: he's logging long hours in the building, even on Friday nights. The preparation is showing up on Sundays. @nflnetwork https://t.co/KJlbTZJopK

And the veteran quarterback has been superb, throwing for 1,602 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 72.7 percent of his passes. His passer rating of 113.9 is the best mark in the NFL. 

It's been quite the resurgence for Tannehill, who had his struggles in Miami and made the playoffs just once in his six seasons with the Dolphins. 

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

Ryan Tannehill just needed to get away from Adam Gase. He’s the comeback player of the year and the #Titans are a team nobody wants to play.

It's raised interesting questions about the future of the quarterback position in Tennessee. Marcus Mariota's time in Tennessee appears to be over, and keeping Tannehill and drafting a young player to groom for the future would make sense.

To Tannehill's credit, he's keeping his focus on making a playoff push, as he said this week per Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com:

"For me, it's a head-down process of taking advantage of the week. I've seen how this thing goes, the waves, the ins and outs of the season. So if you start taking a step back at this point, then you're doing a disservice to your teammates and to yourself of opportunities you could take advantage of this week. So, really just trying to lock in on the Oakland Raiders and do everything I can to prepare for them."

The Titans are currently one game behind the Houston Texans in the AFC South and trail the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a tiebreaker for the final wild-card berth. The postseason is within their grasp, in large part due to Tannehill's steady play since taking over as the starter.