The times they are a-changin’ — especially in the AFC East: with two of the division’s four teams getting new head coaches, seeing some moves being made was expected. Now, the Miami Dolphins under neo-head coach Brian Flores made one of the biggest so far this offseason: the club traded away starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans, as his agency confirmed shortly after the move was made.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Titans are giving up a 2019 seventh-round draft pick and a 2020 fourth-round selection to acquire Tannehill and a 2019 sixth-round pick. The move, of course, leaves the Dolphins without a proven commodity at the quarterback position since all they have left at the moment are Jake Rudock and Luke Falk — two players that have attempted a combined five passes in the NFL so far.
With Tannehill now joining the Titans to back up Marcus Mariota, the Dolphins are officially in the market for a quarterback. Whether they will try to get one via trade or the free agency market or go to this year’s or next year’s draft, is yet to be seen but it is certain that the New England Patriots will watch the situation closely: as a division rival they will have to play two games a year against whoever Miami chooses as Tannehill’s successor.
The 30-year-old, meanwhile, changes teams after seven years in Miami and 88 total starts for the club that picked him eighth overall in the 2012 draft. Against the aforementioned Patriots, Tannehill had some moderate success at times but only a 4-7 record: along the way, he completed 237 of 388 pass attempts against New England (61.1%) for 2,851 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.