The NFL offseason buzz has died down in recent weeks but there are still rumors swirling about potential trades and roster changes as we head towards the NFL Draft.
One name that has recently come up in trade discussions is Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, “Teams I talk to do believe that Tannehill could be, or is, available via trade.”
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Tannehill has one year remaining on his current deal with the Titans, but he carries a massive $36.6 million cap hit. If the Titans were to release Tannehill with a post-June 1 designation, they could save up to $27 million in cap space.
New general manager Ran Carthon is apparently looking to reset the Titans’ roster, and Tannehill’s potential trade could be part of that strategy. However, if the Titans were to trade Tannehill, they would need to have a replacement quarterback in place.
The Titans did select quarterback Malik Willis with a third-round pick in the 2022 Draft, but Fowler notes that “most people I’ve talked to around the league would be surprised if he’s the starter next year.”
The Titans have already made several moves this offseason, releasing veterans like left tackle Taylor Lewan, wide receiver Robert Woods, linebacker Zach Cunningham, center Ben Jones, edge Bud Dupree, and kicker Randy Bullock. With so many needs on their roster, the Titans could be looking to free up cap space and acquire additional draft picks through a potential Tannehill trade.
Tannehill has a total of 238 touchdowns to 108 career interceptions and should still be capable as a bridge quarterback to team looking to stay competitive while their young prospects gets ready to become a starter.
In addition to the Tannehill trade rumors, the Titans have also been rumored to be seeking a trade up with the Arizona Cardinals for the 3rd overall pick. This move could be aimed at securing a higher pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which takes place later this month.
It remains to be seen whether the Titans will actually trade Tannehill or make any other significant moves in the coming weeks. But for now, fans and analysts will continue to speculate and wait for the next big announcement from the team.