Marcus Mariota: Los Angeles Chargers (no contract given)
"The once second overall pick’s time with the Titans has come to an end with Tannehill lighting up the Music City. Marcus Mariota likely won’t be looked at as a long-term situation, but rather a bridge quarterback or back-up to a bridge quarterback who could create a small competition — kind of like a situation the Los Angeles Chargers are in. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn worked closely with Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo during his career seasons and brought him to Los Angeles this past season to be Philip Rivers‘ backup. Mariota can be used in the same manner Lynn used Taylor in Buffalo (designed carries, play-action passes, etc.). Mariota’s two most successful seasons came in 2017 and 2018 when he produced high rushing grades for a quarterback at 79.6 and 83.0, respectively."
-To me the future for Marcus Mariota comes down to four potential destinations: L.A., New England, New Orleans, or Chicago.
New England offers him the chance to win now and potentially land a starting spot depending on where Tom Brady lands.
Chicago gives him a pretty easy path to a starting job, even though it is on one of the worst teams in the NFL.
New Orleans puts him in a great offensive system surrounded by talented minds and it lets the Saints give him a test run before either signing him to a big deal or getting a nice compensatory pick for him.
The Chargers are unique because they would offer Mariota the chance at a starting job AND the proximity to his family and support system in Hawaii.
I love this fit for Mariota and while I think that they would need to upgrade the offensive line before you could really put him out there, it could be a big enough boost to keep them from going after a QB high in the 2020 NFL Draft.