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Sport Report: Titans' Tannehill earns $3.4M in incentives, doubles base salary

18:16  19 january  2020
18:16  19 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Ryan Tannehill has the Tennessee Titans one win away from the Super Bowl, a development that was seemingly unheard of when the Titans started 2-4.

a crowd of people watching a baseball game: Ryan Tannehill is making more off incentives than his base salary with the Titans. (Will Newton/Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Ryan Tannehill is making more off incentives than his base salary with the Titans. (Will Newton/Getty Images)

Even before they play the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship on Sunday, Tannehill has already made twice his base salary with the Titans in incentives alone. The seven-year veteran and 2019 Comeback Player of the Year and Most Improved Player, as named by the Pro Football Writers of America, has made $3.425 million in contract incentives over 10 games, according to Ian Rapaport at NFL Network.

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Tannehill banks nearly $3.5M in incentives

Tannehill was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Titans ahead of this season. The Dolphins paid $5 million in a signing bonus and the Titans are paying the quarterback $1.75 million in base salary with a contract loaded in incentives.

Via NFL Network, his salary bonuses:

  • Being on 46-man roster for 13 games: $250,000

  • Passer rating of more than 96.0: $1 million

  • Participating in more than 50 percent of plays over 10 games ($100,000 each game): $1 million

  • Winning seven of those 10 games ($25,000 each): $175,000

  • Accruing more than 2,250 passing yards: $500,000

  • Throwing more than 20 touchdowns: $500,000

Tannehill will make at least $10 million combined with his signing bonus, base salary and incentives. He could have more in the contract to surpass.

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Tannehill’s tenure with Titans surpasses Dolphins

Not only is the 31-year-old in the playoffs for the first time, he’s experiencing one of his best seasons statistically even in fewer games. His 117.5 passer rating leads the NFL and is better than the 93.5 in 2016, his previous best. He’s averaging 9.6 yards gained per attempt and 13.6 yards per completion, both leading the league and approximately two yards better than previous bests.

He’s completed 201 of 286 passes (70.3 percent) for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Tannehill, the eighth overall pick of the 2012 draft, is an unrestricted free agent after the season, as is Marcus Mariota. Mariota started the season as the Titans quarterback, but was benched after six games. Star running back Derrick Henry, who has torn through defenses in the playoffs, is also a free agent.

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