The Miami Dolphins traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the Tennessee Titans.
Miami will receive a selection at the fourth round of the 2020 draft along with a seventh round of 2019 in exchange for Tannehill and a sixth round of 2019.
Miami has a big gap in the quarterback position to fill and it seems likely that they will look at the draft to do so.
The Titans have restructured the Tannehill contract to convert it into an agreement that will pay fully guaranteed $ 7 million with the possibility of rising to 12 million in incentives for the 2019 season, a source said ESPN. The contract has been easier for Tennessee since Miami will pay 5 million guaranteed money in the form of signing bonuses, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The dolphins decided to go ahead without Tannehill before this offseason and had spent the last few weeks actively searching for a trade.
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Originally, Tannehill was expected to earn 18.7 million salary in 2019 and would have to reach 26.6 million against the salary ceiling. Miami, which is in full reconstruction, could not justify those numbers for a player who clearly was not part of their long-term future.
Tannehill will leave an impact of $ 13.4 million on the Dolphin payroll in 2019, in addition to the effects of the 5 million signing bonuses they paid to execute the swap. However, they obtained the redemption value of a player who were ready to cut this offseason and who will further free the salary cap for 2020, a great year for the dolphins as they advance in their reconstruction.
"We would like to thank Ryan for his commitment to the Miami Dolphins over the past seven seasons," Dolphin CEO Chris Grier said in a statement. "Ryan is a tireless worker who always puts the team first, and we wish him the best in the next phase of his career."
Tannehill will now meet defensive veteran Cameron Wake, who signed a three-year contract and 23 million with the Titans this week.
The 30-year-old passer-by has been the owner of the dolphins since he was drafted with the eighth overall choice in the 2012 draft by Texas A & M.
He has a 42-46 record as a starter, with a passing percentage of 62.8, 20.434 passes in succession, 123 touchdowns and 75 interceptions. He completed 64.2 percent of his shipments for 1,979 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2018.
The loss of the guard creates 5 million dollars of space under the dolphin's salary ceiling.
The agreement would be for four campaigns and 44 million dollars, including 22.5 million guaranteed, said an ESPN source Adam Schefter.
Tannehill's time in Miami was characterized by his lack of availability due to injuries and his inability to get past the dolphins at the playoff challenge. Tannehill has lost 25 games in the last three seasons due to a series of injuries, including one in his right shoulder that cost him five games in 2018.
The injuries also caused some of what made Tannehill an interesting quarterback at the start of his career: athleticism, ability to gain yards when the game broke and a strong arm with great precision.
For their part, the Titans had been trying for years to find a high-level reserve as a guarantee policy for Mariota. Titans general manager Jon Robinson was creative in an exchange to find the best option for the position.
Mariota, 25, has not played a full 16-game campaign in his career. He is also playing in his option for the fifth year for 20.9 million and is expected to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Tannehill's abilities should fit well behind Mariota, as both are based on precision and movement to succeed.
Gabbert appeared in eight games, including three as a starter, last year for Tennessee. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 626 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Titans have faced the dolphins in each of the last four seasons with Tannehill who played in three of these games, finishing 2-1 against Tennessee. Robinson probably has a good idea of what he's getting at Tannehill, who has at least shown himself to be one of the 32 best NFL quarterbacks when he's healthy.
The Dolphins spent seven years trying to get a full evaluation of Tannehill and finally decided that it would be a counterproductive way for the team to let him have another chance under a new body of coaches. Brian Flores was hired to replace Adam Gase as a coach at the end of the season.
The dolphins now face a new era without a clear answer in the quarterback position. They have actively examined the class of the draft of 2019 and appear to be strong candidates to recruit a potential client in the first round of the draw for this year or the next.
At the moment the Dolphins only have two quarterbacks in their team: Jake Rudock and Luke Falk. No one started a match in the NFL and combined for five attempts to pass between the two.
Miami will look for a veteran passer in the coming weeks to add it to the team. Famous free agents are Colin Kaepernick, Blake Bortles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Robert Griffin III, AJ McCarron and Mike Glennon.
Turron Davenport's information has been used in writing this note.