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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans leaves the field following a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Rumors of the Titans’ non-interest in soon-to-be free agent quarterback Tom Brady turned out to be true, as the team instead inked quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year, $118 million contract on Sunday. Tannehill’s monster deal with Tennessee also comes with $62 million fully guaranteed, and with $91 in total guarantees, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.

The 31-year-old Tannehill joined the Titans last year after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Dolphins, and though he began the 2019 season as Tennessee’s No. 2 quarterback, Tannehill eventually stole the job from Marcus Mariota.  Posting a 7-3 record as the team’s starting quarterback, Tannehill’s regular season included 22 touchdowns, 2,742 yards, and a career-best 117.5 quarterback rating in 12 games, and was enough to help power Tennessee to the AFC Championship Game.

By extending Tannehill, the Titans are fully locked in on Tannehill, and clearly believe he’ll be more than the 49-49 career starter he’s been in his career. But perhaps most importantly, it takes the Titans out of the running for the 42-year-old Brady.

With Tennessee out of the picture, the rumors that have swirled around Brady’s potential next stop should No. 12 leave Foxborough this offseason would indicate that the Patriots, Buccaneers, Chargers, and Raiders are the most likely destinations. The 49ers, according to one report, have already decided that they will not pursue Brady in free agency.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.