Marcus Mariota
Washington Commanders Sign Marcus Mariota
4 months ago

Mariota signs a one-year contract deal with a base salary of $6 million, worth up to $10 million.

In a strategic yet understated move, the Washington Commanders have signed quarterback Marcus Mariota, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles. Following a tumultuous 2023 season, Washington will look to Mariota, the former Heisman Trophy winner and second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, to bring his experience and versatility to the Commanders’ quarterback room.

 

Before a quiet 2023 season in a backup role to Jalen Hurts, Mariota started 13 games for the Atlanta Falcons before being benched for Desmond Ritter. He may end up in a similar situation yet again with the Commanders owning the 2nd overall pick and presumably taking a QB.

 

At this point in Mariota’s career, he’ll mainly bring his experience and veteran presence. He has always had dual-threat capability, which may add a dynamic dimension to the team’s offense should he be called upon to start. Sam Howell and Jake Fromm are still there, the former showing flashes last season, but ultimately struggling since offensive line could not keep him protected. With defensive mind Dan Quinn at the helm and Kliff Kingsbury at OC, Washington’s new ownership is looking to revamp the franchise with a fresh start. Mariota will likely be a sideline mentor to the next face of the franchise, whoever that ends up being next month at the NFL Draft.