ESPN’s Dan Graziano ranked how married all 32 teams are to their starting quarterbacks. Graziano ranked the teams by tiers and commitment level. As you might have guessed, the Titans rank pretty low on the list in their commitment to Marcus Mariota. They are tied, with the Buccaneers and Jameis Winston, for 20th:
Contract: Fully guaranteed $20.922 million 2019 salary on the fifth-year option, exercised in April 2018, from his 2015 rookie deal.
Remember when Winston and Mariota got drafted and people said stuff like, “They’ll always be connected.” Wow, did that turn out to be true. They’re next to each other literally every time we do a list like this.
Mariota hasn’t shown an ability to stay consistently healthy, and Ryan Tannehill is a better backup option than the Titans had last season. You wonder about Mariota’s leash with a coaching staff that didn’t draft him.
Honestly, I am surprised that the Titans aren’t lower than 20th. They really couldn’t be less committed to Mariota than they are right now. Of course all of that can change if he plays up to his potential and stays healthy in 2019, but for now there is zero commitment.