Free agent Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has agreed to a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to multiple reports Monday evening.
The deal ends Mariota’s five-year run in Tennessee, where he went from being the No. 2 overall pick in 2015 to being benched last season after six games in favor of Ryan Tannehill.
Mariota enjoyed success during his first two seasons with the Titans, but suffered a broken fibula at the end of the 2016 season. He returned in 2017 and guided the Titans to a playoff berth and a wild-card round win in Kansas City.
However, his numbers declined statistically after 2016, and this past season, the Titans ended up replacing him with Tannehill, who had been acquired by Tennessee last off-season to be Mariota’s backup. The Titans were 2-4 at the time of the switch.
Injuries helped to derail Mariota’s Titans’ career. He missed four games as a rookie with two different knee sprains. He had the broken fibula in the second season and missed time in 2018 with a variety of injuries, including a back injury that kept him out of a playoff-deciding season finale against the Indianapolis Colts. Doctors recommended that he not play in that game after aggravating the injury the previous week against the Washington Redskins.
Mariota moves on to the Raiders, where he essentially could be in the same situation that Tannehill was as his backup last year. The Raiders have Derek Carr as their starting quarterback, but Mariota gives Jon Gruden a high-quality backup capable of stepping in to the starting role if need be.
In five seasons with the Titans, Mariota went 29-32 as a starting quarterback. He completed 1,110 of 1,765 passes for 13,207 yards. That included 76 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions. His best season statistically came in 2016 when he completed 276 of 451 passes for 3,426 yards with 26 TDs and nine interceptions.
Mariota’s spread-option mobile style was not really a fit in Tennessee, where the offense was built on the running game and play-action vertical passing game. Moving to the Raiders could give the former first-round pick a chance to revive his once-promising career.