It appears Ryan Tannehill’s days are numbered in Tennessee.
Tannehill lost his favorite receiver when the Tennessee Titans traded A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles on the first night of the 2022 NFL draft. In return for Brown, the Titans received pick Nos. 18 and 101, the former of which they used to draft a wide receiver Tennessee hopes will replace him, Arkansas’ Treylon Burks.
On Tuesday, Tannehill spoke about losing Brown.
“Professionally, it hurt,” Tannehill said, via Turron Davenport of ESPN.com. “Top target, heckuva football player, made big plays for us consistently over the last three years. Personally, it hurt. A.J.’s a good friend. Have a lot of great times, great memories on and off the field with him. Not being able to see him on a daily basis is going to be different, going to be hard. Happy to see him get what he wanted, but, at the end of the day, it hurts.”
He also informed reporters that he was not told ahead of time that the team would be drafting quarterback Malik Willis in the third round.
Tannehill took to Twitter to welcome Willis to the team.
After being the main reason the Titans were bounced from the playoffs in 2021, Tannehill drew even more ire from fans and media after he didn’t show up to the early, voluntary portion of the team’s offseason program.
The 6’1″, 225-pound athlete and native of Atlanta, Georgia, Willis finished his time at Liberty with a 17-6 record as a starting quarterback. In 2021, he completed 207 of 339 passes for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also led the Flames in rushing with 878 yards and 13 touchdowns on 197 carries.
In 2021, Tannehill completed 67.2% of his passes for 3,734 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He carried the ball 55 times for 270 yards and 7 touchdowns.
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