Free Agency Rumors: Jaguars may look at Ryan Tannehill
By David Levin
As the buzz of NFL free agency gains steam on Monday, the latest rumor involving the Jacksonville Jaguars centers around quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
At some point, I had a feeling this might happen. The news from multiple websites that the Miami Dolphins would at some point release quarterback Ryan Tannehill at some point soon and the Jacksonville Jaguars would be one of the teams linked to the often-injured signal caller.
This is how free agency works until there is confirmation of a signed contract. For all the hype that has poured into Jacksonville from various sources, including Black and Teal, the potential for the Jaguars to travel a different direction for a quarterback still exists.
I’m still of the belief Nick Foles is still the team’s first choice with growing interest in Teddy Bridgewater as a backup plan. The Dolphins, who made Tannehill their first round pick in 2012, are said to have interest in the current New Orleans Saints backup as well. Bridgewater is from Miami. There is even a story out by ESPN that he could remain in the Big Easy because of a shrinking market for free agent quarterbacks.
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Teams still in need of a new signal caller can thank the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins for that. The odd thing that keeps popping up in my mind, and I know my friend Chris McClelland will jump for joy when he reads this, is Blake Bortles remains on the Jaguars roster – for now. And until he is released, which is expected to be June 1, he remains the starter of this football team until otherwise told.
"As Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com wrote, “With Tannehill poised to hit the open market for the first time in his career, it’s unclear where he’ll end up. However, there’s a noticeable buzz in league circles that he possibly could end up in Jacksonville.”"
Whether that is created to see about the asking price Foles has desired or if the Jaguars front office wants to see if someone like Bridgewater or Tannehill will be a less expensive option and serve as a bridge quarterback to a rookie who is drafted in April, nothing is definite yes.
Other than Bortles is still on the roster.
Now, Tannehill is the name that has become the “hot read” for the moment.
Tannehill played in 11 games last year, threw for 1,979 yards and 17 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He completed just over 62 percent of his passes. At times, he has proven to be a solid quarterback with some mobility. Injuries, however, have plagued his career. It might be considered a gamble to sign him as a potential starter.
He does not appear to be a long-range solution should the Jaguars bring him in as their starter for 2019. Florio thinks if Jacksonville does sign him over Foles and Bridgewater, it won’t be to become the immediate starter with this offense.
"“Relax, Jaguars fans. Tannehill wouldn’t be the in-the-door starter; he’d be one of the guys on the depth chart, and he’d have a chance (in theory) to compete for playing time,” he added."