The Las Vegas Raiders were among the teams looking to make a splash under center this offseason. Their interest in former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was real, and now it has produced one of the bigger developments in the NFL’s free-agent frenzy.

According to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez, the Raiders have agreed to a deal with Marcus Mariota:

The Raiders had reportedly been among the teams involved in the sweepstakes for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It is safe to say that the signing of Marcus Mariota would effectively take them out of the running.

Marcus Mariota is coming off a rough 2019 NFL season after throwing for 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions en route to a 2-4 record. His underwhelming performance was magnified by the fact that quarterback Ryan Tannehill helped lead quite the resurgence immediately after taking over as the starter that resulted in an impressive playoff run and a lucrative contract extension.

Although Marcus Mariota was unable to fit the billing as a franchise quarterback in Tennessee, he did mot let that get in the way of helping the team as a backup. It is clear that the Raiders did not want to let the opportunity to shore up some quality depth under center pass them by.

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Head coach Jon Gruden had acknowledged the possibility of Las Vegas going with a youthful approach under center after visiting with multiple quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Fortunately, it seems they may have found the best of both worlds in Marcus Mariota given his experience as a starter despite being just 26 years old.

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