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CONTRACT CEMENTED. Quarterback Marcus Mariota (#8) runs with the football in
this August 23, 2015 file photo. The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed on a contract
with the free agent quarterback to provide an experienced backup behind starter
Derek Carr. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
From The Asian Reporter, V30, #05 (April 6, 2020), page 9.
Las Vegas Raiders agree to deal with QB Marcus Mariota
By Josh Dubow
The Associated Press
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed on a contract with free
agent quarterback Marcus Mariota to provide an experienced backup behind starter
A person familiar with the negotiations said the Raiders reached a deal with
Mariota, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft.
The Raiders were one of the teams rumored to be in the running for Tom Brady
if he decided to leave New England as a free agent. They ended up with Mariota
instead to give coach Jon Gruden a proven backup who could also challenge Carr
for the starting role.
Mariota lost his starting job in Tennessee last season. The Titans acquired
Ryan Tannehill from Miami last offseason and changed quarterbacks in October
before going on a run to the American Football Conference (AFC) title game.
That made Mariota expendable in Tennessee less than five years after being
drafted second overall. He made a big splash with four touchdown passes in his
National Football League (NFL) debut in 2015 but never developed into the star
the Titans hoped they were getting when they drafted him.
He lost his job six games into the 2019 season when he was pulled in the
third quarter of a 0-16 loss at Denver. He completed a career-low 59.4% of his
passes last season with seven TDs, two interceptions, and a 92.3 rating.
Mariota dealt with a revolving door of play-callers and receivers during his
time in Tennessee. He has 61 career starts and 63 games in five seasons, with
his best performance coming in his second year in 2016 when he threw 26 TD
passes and had a 95.6 passer rating.
He broke his right ankle in the second-to-last game of that season, a couple
of hours before Carr went down with a similar injury to derail his most
successful season as a pro.
Overall, Mariota has completed 62.9% of his passes, averaging 7.5 yards per
attempt with 76 TDs, 44 interceptions, and an 89.6 rating. He has also been
sacked 155 times as he has struggled to avoid pressure.
The Raiders were seeking a better second quarterback to team with Carr after
having Mike Glennon and DeShone Kizer as backups last year.
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