They were both top-10 picks and both teased their respective franchises enough to create expectations neither could live up to. And now Blake Bortles and Ryan Tannehill seem both headed to NFL limbo.
While Bortles could be released by the Jaguars, there are reports the Dolphins have made it known Tannehill is available in a trade. The Dolphins and Jaguars are looking for franchise quarterbacks, having grown tired of the shortcomings of Bortles and Tannehill.
After helping the Jaguars reach the AFC Championship last year, the arrow was supposed to be pointed upward for Bortles, the third-overall pick of the 2014 draft. But rather than take a step forward this past season, he took two steps back. He threw 11 interceptions in 12 starts, with the Jaguars winning just three of those games, before he was benched in favor of Cody Kessler. One of the league’s most disappointing teams a year ago, the Jaguars may release the 26-year-old Bortles and are considered the favorite to land Nick Foles.
Tannehill’s future is more uncertain. The Dolphins fired their coach, Adam Gase, and are looking for a more reliable quarterback with a higher upside. Tannehill missed eight games the last two years due to injury and hasn’t lived up to the hype as the eighth-overall pick of the 2012 draft. He’s reached the playoffs once in seven seasons and threw at least 12 interceptions in each of his first six years in the league. This year he only threw nine picks, but only appeared in 11 games.
The Miami Herald reported the Dolphins are shopping the 30-year-old Tannehill, but the belief around the league is he’s a backup talent with a starter’s price tag. His salary-cap hit this season is scheduled to be $26.6 million.
Soon, both Tannehill and Bortles likely will have new homes, and not as starters. The Jaguars and Dolphins could only wait so long.