Saints Rumored As Potential Ryan Tannehill Offseason Destination

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Despite all of their struggles this season the New Orleans Saints are still technically alive for a playoff spot. Because they play in by far the worst division in the NFL, even at 5-9, there is a path for them to the postseason. That is because the current leader in the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is 6-8 and showing no signs of pulling away from the pack.

Even if the Saints can pull off a miracle and win the division, this is a team that will be undergoing some changes this offseason. Paramount among them is the quarterback position, where Andy Dalton has an expiring contract and Jameis Winston has a dead cap number that is easy to stomach and move on from.

If Winston has been unable to retake the starting job from Dalton this season, it is fair to assume that the team will go in a different direction this offseason. Over at Bleacher Report, that is exactly what David Kenyon believes will happen.

Kenyon did some early quarterback carousel predictions for the NFL this upcoming offseason and he believes the Saints are going to make a sizable splash at the position. Ryan Tannehill, the current starter for the Tennessee Titans, will be the Saints’ starter next season in his opinion.

There have been rumors swirling about the Titans potentially moving on from Tannehill, as releasing him would save the franchise $17.8 million. That is a lot of money and with Malik Willis waiting in the wings, Tennessee could pull the trigger. Or, if someone they consider an upgrade comes available, they could use those savings to bring them into the fold.

Tannehill would certainly be an upgrade over what the Saints have received from the quarterback position this season. Turnovers have been a major issue as New Orleans is currently 30th in the league, turning the ball over 22 times with 12 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost.

While the Saints running game isn’t nearly as dominant as what the Titans have with Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamar is no slouch out of the backfield. New Orleans has also successfully worked Taysom Hill into a hybrid role as a runner and Tannehill would love having a player of Chris Olave’s caliber to get the ball to. If Michael Thomas could ever remain healthy, the Saints would have one of the best pass-catching duos in the NFL at their disposal.

Tannehill has had some shortcomings, but he is on the verge of his fourth straight winning season and the Titans were the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC last season. He would present a solid upgrade for the franchise as they are still on the lookout for a long-term replacement after Drew Brees retired following the 2020 season.