According to a report, the Tennessee Titans are “not looking to trade” quarterback Marcus Mariota.
With the NFL trade deadline just hours away, it looks as though the Tennessee Titans are not going to trade quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Titans had worked out two quarterbacks, Josh Johnson and Taylor Heinicke.
This new set off a frenzy of Mariota trade speculation because neither Johnson nor Heinicke are eligible for the practice squad. Not to mention, the timing of the workouts being on the same day as the trade deadline.
However, as Terry McCormick of Titan Insider reports, sources are telling him that the Titans “are not looking to trade Marcus Mariota”, and that the quarterback is not asking to be traded.
While there are teams who would likely be interested in the Oregon product, we haven’t seen any rumors suggesting the Titans are close to or even interested in dealing their former No. 2 overall pick.
The only reason for speculation that Mariota could be traded was because of his current status as the team’s backup, which became official when Ryan Tannehill was named as the team’s starter in Week 7.
Since then, Tannehill is 2-0 and has the Titans moving in the right direction. Barring an injury to Tannehill, it’s unlikely Mariota sees anymore playing time this season.
Mariota will be a free agent after this season and he’ll almost certainly be playing elsewhere in 2020, so it would have made sense to try and get something for him. It looks like that won’t happen and instead Mariota will remain in Tennessee for the remainder of the 2019 season.