In a move that should surprise no one, the Tennessee Titans will pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Marcus Mariota’s rookie contract.
The move would guarantee Mariota’s salary in 2019 against injury and would keep him under contract for that season in the event the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal before then.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson made the announcement of the club’s plans to exercise the option when asked about it on 104.5 The Zone’s Midday 180 radio show.
Mariota is the second straight Titans first-round pick to have the fifth-year option exercised, as the club did so with left tackle Taylor Lewan last year.
Mariota started 15 games in the regular season, plus two playoff games for Tennessee in 2017. He threw for 13 touchdowns and had 15 passes intercepted. In 2016, Mariota had a banner season, throwing for 26 touchdown passes to just nine interceptions before suffering a broken fibula, which required surgery and kept him out of the team’s off-season work before the start of last season.
The Titans had until May 3 to pick up the option.