Quarterbacks the Titans Should Target if They Don't Re-Sign Ryan Tannehill

Max Staley
Tom Brady could be a decent fit with the Titans if Tennessee doesn't re-sign Ryan Tannehill.
Tom Brady could be a decent fit with the Titans if Tennessee doesn't re-sign Ryan Tannehill. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
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Ryan Tannehill was nothing short of fantastic once he took over as the starter for the Tennessee Titans. He led the entire NFL in yards per attempt (9.6), and his 7.7 percent touchdown rate was the second-best mark among all passers.

Tennessee's magical run came to an end in the AFC Championship Game though, losing 35-24 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

While Tannehill certainly did enough to earn another shot at starting for the team, there are quite a few intriguing quarterbacks on the open market, and he's not exactly a sure-fire bet to be back under center next season. So with that in mind, let's take a look at three passers the Titans should target in free agency if they move on from Tannehill.

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Tom Brady on the sidelines during a loss to the Tennessee Titans in the NFL Playoffs.
Tom Brady on the sidelines during a loss to the Tennessee Titans in the NFL Playoffs. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

There aren't many logical landing spots outside of New England for Tom Brady, but Tennessee is one of the few that does make sense. If he joins Tennessee, Brady would be surrounded by top-tier skill-position players like AJ Brown and Derrick Henry (assuming he re-signs), as well as an elite O-Line – luxuries he didn't have with the Patriots in 2019. Even though Brady wasn't at the top of his game this past season, Tannehill didn't exactly look as efficient once he reached the playoffs either, and it's hard to argue Brady wouldn't be an upgrade in the postseason.

2. Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers fires a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Philip Rivers fires a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

Like Brady, Philip Rivers had an uncharacteristically inefficient season in 2019, but if Tannehill leaves for greener pastures, the Los Angeles Chargers' signal-caller could be a decent fit. Quite a few of Rivers' struggles this past year can be attributed to lackluster play from the Chargers' offensive line, and Tennessee would instantly provide an upgrade in that regard. Rivers is a veteran leader who has far more postseason experience than Tannehill, and that could help this team down the stretch.

3. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, New Orleans Saints

Teddy Bridgewater went 5-0 as a starter in 2019.
Teddy Bridgewater went 5-0 as a starter in 2019. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Alternatively, if Tennessee can't reach a deal with Tannehill, and doesn't want to go with a short-term deal for an aging veteran, Teddy Bridgewater could be a great alternative. Bridgewater showed what he can do with the New Orleans Saints this season, winning each of his five starts while averaging 241.0 passing yards per game and tossing 9 touchdowns to 2 interceptions in that stretch. He might not offer as high a ceiling in 2020 as the first two passers on the list, but Bridgewater is a solid passer and could be an excellent consolation prize for Tennessee. Signing Bridgewater would also bring the upside of giving the Titans a potential long-term solution at the QB spot — something that can't be said for Brady or Rivers.


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