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Ryan Tannehill’s New Deal Officially Puts Titans out of Tom Brady Sweepstakes

Throughout the last several weeks, star quarterback Tom Brady’s pending free agency in the coming days. Although Brady’s future with the New England Patriots has remained cloudy, it’s clear that he will explore his options in the open market. Among those expected teams is expected to be the Tennessee Titans alongside a few other franchises. However, the Titans look to have taken themselves out of the running for the future Hall of Famer’s services before things have gotten underway.

Titans’ Interest in Tom Brady

The chatter around Brady’s NFL future has been a prominent topic around the league.

The 42-year-old has continued to stay on the route that he doesn’t know where he will play in the 2020 season, which has opened the door to the possibility that he could leave the Patriots. It has also seen teams such as the Titans creep into the picture as a landing spot for Brady.

The discussion around Tennessee came about last month, which there are the obvious connections with former teammate and now head coach Mike Vrabel while the team was a win away from reaching the Super Bowl. The Titans have built a promising situation that could see them take the next step toward being a bigger challenger in the AFC.

Tennessee had continued to be viewed as being a realistic landing spot for Brady, but that scenario looks to have been scratched off the list.

Titans moving off Tom Brady, re-sign Ryan Tannehill

Like a couple of other teams on the list of potential destinations for Brady this offseason, the Titans have questions their quarterback position.

Tennessee has to routes to weigh with quarterback Ryan Tannehill being their other option at the position. Tannehill was a huge bright spot last season after he took over the starting job as he helped the Titans get into the playoffs after leading the team to a 7-3 record over the final 10 regular-season games. During that span, he held a career-high 117.5 passer rating along with 22 touchdowns to six interceptions.

The Titans were a noticeably different team with Tannehill at quarterback as he brought much-needed stability to the position. Although his production in the playoffs didn’t stand out, he helped guide them to an AFC Championship Game appearance. All of that made it the more than reasonable choice for them to go the route of inking a new deal with Tannehill instead of going after Brady.

Beyond that, this also puts one less suitor on the table this offseason for the six-time Super Bowl champion.

What’s next for the Titans?

The Titans finally have a strong sense of direction this offseason ahead of free agency working out a new multi-year deal with Tannehill.

That should allow the franchise to shift directions toward securing a long-term deal with star running Derrick Henry, who put together his best campaign in 2019. Henry has become a bonafide workhorse option in the backfield that the Titans can lean significantly upon him.

Tennessee still has the option of utilizing franchise tag on Henry, but will likely look to avoid that before the start of free agency later this week. The team has already made other notable roster moves, such as releasing former Pro Bowlers tight end Delanie Walker and defensive end Cameron Wake over the weekend.

There should be plenty of moves ahead in the coming days that should likely begin with retaining Henry for the long haul. The 25-year-old is in the prime of his career with several highly productive seasons ahead of him that could see him and Tannehill be the driving the forces to their offense for the foreseeable future.