Journeyman QB Marcus Mariota signs with fifth NFL team after agreeing to a one-year deal with Commanders

  • Mariota stays in the AFC East after signing a $6M deal that can climb up to $10M
  • He’s played for the Titans, Raiders, Eagles and Eagles since being drafted in 2015
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The Washington Commanders have signed journeyman quarterback Marcus Mariota to a one-year contract, according to multiple outlets.

ESPN reported the deal was for $6million and can climb to $10M with incentives for Mariota, who stays in the NFC East after spending 2023 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

‘Whatever this staff, whatever this team needs of me, I’m going to do it to the best of my abilities,’ Mariota said on a video call with reporters on Thursday.

‘I’ve dealt with a lot of different things throughout my career. I’ve been a starter, won a playoff game. I’ve also been cut, I’ve also been injured, I’ve also been benched. So, I think all those experiences create value and also creates opportunities for me to build relationships with guys.’

Mariota, drafted No. 2 overall by Tennessee in 2015, compiled a 29-32 record as a starter for the Titans from 2015-19 and went 5-8 as the starter for the Atlanta Falcons in 2022.

Marcus Mariota could start for Washington this season after being a backup in Philly in 2023

The 30-year-old QB only had a touchdown in three games last season as Jalen Hurts' backup

The 30-year-old QB only had a touchdown in three games last season as Jalen Hurts’ backup 

The 30-year-old Mariota completed 15 of 23 passes for 164 yards with one touchdown and one interception in three games as Jalen Hurts’ backup last season.

The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner at Oregon, Mariota has completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 15,820 yards, 93 touchdowns and 55 interceptions in 90 games (74 starts) for the Titans, Las Vegas Raiders (2020-21), Falcons and Eagles.

The Commanders have the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft and are widely expected to take LSU’s Jayden Daniels, assuming Southern California’s Caleb Williams goes to the Chicago Bears at No. 1.

Sam Howell, 23, finished 4-13 as Washington’s starter last season. The 2022 fifth-round pick led the NFL with 612 pass attempts and also 21 interceptions, throwing for 3,946 yards with 21 touchdowns. 

He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday for a fourth round and a sixth round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, leaving Jake Fromm as Washington’s only signal-caller before Mariota’s arrival. 

The Commanders’ backup quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, who briefly filled in for Howell late in the 2023 campaign, agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, earlier this week.