Marcus Mariota and the Las Vegas Raiders have been connected as a potential pairing since the beginning of the offseason. With the Raiders searching for a quality backup and competition for Derek Carr, Mariota made perfect sense.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Raiders and Mariota have agreed to terms on a deal.
Las Vegas will be getting a quarterback who can come in and backup up Carr. He won’t be demanding playing time right away. However, he could push for playing time for the Raiders if Carr continues struggling.
Jon Gruden is the type of head coach who loves to groom and work with quarterback. If there is someone who can help Mariota reach his full potential, it would be Gruden.
Last season with the Tennessee Titans, Mariota only played in seven games before seeing his starting job taken by Ryan Tannehill. In those seven games, he completed 59.4 percent of his pass attempts for 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns, and just two interceptions.
At just 26 years old, Mariota still has plenty of time to turn his career around. He may not see much playing time with the Raiders, but they are an ideal situation for him to continue working on his game and potentially push for playing time.
Expect to see Mariota be a quality addition for the Raiders. Even if he doesn’t play, Mariota has a great mind for the game and will be a good addition to the quarterback room.