What Happened to Ryan Tannehill?

March 29, 2024

The Ryan Tannehill era with the Tennessee Titans has come to an end. The former Texas A&M star was demoted to backup after suffering an ankle injury in Week 6 and the team named rookie Will Levis as the starter.

The move makes sense, as Tannehill is no longer a safe bet to play the majority of the Titans' games this season. He has a high-ankle sprain that could sideline him for weeks to come and he's on the wrong side of 30 years old.

Tannehill suffered the injury during a Week 6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in London. He left in the fourth quarter and never returned, ceding snaps to backup Malik Willis.

The Titans are on a bye this weekend, giving Tannehill time to heal up before the next game on October 29 against the Atlanta Falcons. But if the injury lingers, it will impact Tannehill's ability to start and may have an effect on his leverage entering unrestricted free agency in 2024.

Tannehill's tenure with the Titans began in a promising way, but the looming free-agent period could spell the end of his time in Nashville. He has been a selfless leader and a reliable quarterback for the club, but business is business and Tannehill's status as the starting quarterback of a contender needs to be factored into any potential decision.

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