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Russini: Titans are discussing a contract extension for Ryan Tannehill

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Dianna Russini drops some news as we get ready for Titans-Raiders.

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The Titans have a massive game against the Oakland Raiders today as they try to advance to 8-5 and eliminate one of their potential competitors for a wildcard spot in the process, but we got some news this morning from ESPN’s Dianna Russini who is reporting that the Titans are having internal discussions about a Ryan Tannehill contract extension.

That's not necessarily “news” by itself — of course the Titans are discussing a contract extension internally. They are having discussions about all players that are on expiring contracts — but Russini clarifying that they are discussing a contract that would make him the “future starting QB” is interesting. That implies that the team may be considering Tannehill as more than just a bridge quarterback that they would franchise tag for a year while they draft a young QB of the future.

I wouldn’t expect a deal to get done before season’s end — in-season extensions are not a habit of Jon Robinson’s — but it’s sounding more and more likely that Tannehill is the Titans starter in Week 1 of 2020. If he keeps playing like he has over the past six games — or even close to it — that’s a great thing for this franchise.