Marcus Mariota: ESPN names Bears as possible landing spot for Titans QB
In a bold predictions article for all 32 NFL teams, one ESPN writer believes Marcus Mariota could be an option for the Chicago Bears in 2020.
As NFL free agency approaches and quarterback Marcus Mariota prepares to hit the open market, there will be plenty of discussion about where he could possibly end up.
One place we know he won’t be playing is with his soon-to-be former team, the Tennessee Titans, after he was benched following a 2-4 start in favor of fellow signal-caller, Ryan Tannehill, who ended up having a successful season en route to the playoffs.
Mariota will certainly target a team that has a vulnerability at quarterback, and one of those teams happens to be the Chicago Bears, which has become a popular potential destination for the former No. 2 overall pick.
In a bold predictions article from ESPN, Jeff Dickerson believes the Bears will add a veteran quarterback to push Mitchell Trubisky — and he thinks Mariota or Andy Dalton could be that guy in Chicago.
Mariota landing in Chicago certainly makes sense on the surface. Trubisky’s future is cloudy at the moment and if he falters again in 2020 Mariota could wait in the wings to take the starting job from him, much like Tannehill did to Mariota in Tennessee.
But there is one thing that could stand in the way of Mariota playing for the Bears that not a lot of people talk about.
The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs noted that both Trubisky and Mariota are represented by the same agent, which would make it counter-productive to have two clients fighting for one spot, with one eventually being left out in the cold one way or the other.
How much that factors into Mariota’s ultimate decision remains to be seen, but it is something to think about when trying to connect the Oregon product to the Bears.
No matter where he ends up, Mariota’s free agency will be one of the more interesting storylines of the NFL offseason.