The Tennessee Titans made it known that they have moved forward with Ryan Tannehill as their quarterback. That left fans wondering what would happen to their former first round pick Marcus Mariota.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez was told by a source that Mariota will be a Las Vegas Raiders. No word on what the terms of the deal will be, but the former second overall pick appears to be Derek Carr’s backup. For now.
Mariota showed flashes of greatness with Tennessee in his five seasons there. The problem is the team only made the playoffs once in his career. He’s been known for being inconsistent in his career and his scrambling ability was never really there.
His leadership ability has been praised by teammates. While he didn’t use his legs as much as most hoped, he is still a threat in the running game. Arm strength continues to be his strongest aspect as most hoped he would in Tennessee.
Could Mariota be brought in to replace Derek Carr?
It seems very unlikely to happen, but Derek Carr and Jon Gruden’s relationship has been under the radar since last season. Carr and Mariota are both very different quarterbacks. Mariota is a versatile, athletic quarterback who can use his legs. Carr is a pocket passer who uses his accuracy to separate himself from Mariota.
The offense seems to be more of a fit for Carr as Gruden is more known for working with pocket passers. Carr knows the offense well and has earned the respect of his teammates. Mariota could add another key weapon to the offense should they want to use his legs in the running game.
The real question is does this stop the Raiders from wanting to go after Tom Brady. It appears that the Brady sweepstakes could be between New England and Tampa Bay. This might be a clear sign that Las Vegas has moved on from Brady and provided a backup plan should Carr struggle.