Standoff remains between Mariota, Titans
NASHVILLE, TN (The Spread) - Marcus Mariota remains the only unsigned first-round pick from the 2015 NFL Draft as there remains a standoff between him and the Titans over his contract.
The sticking point remains offset language in the deal that would prevent Mariota from "double-dipping" if he's cut by his original team. Interim Titans CEO Steve Underwood recently told ESPN.com that the team won't back off its demand to include the offset language in Mariota's rookie contract.
“We’ve always had offset language in our player contracts. It’s nothing new,” Underwood said. “I think it is important where a high first-round draft pick is concerned, because it’s the precedent. Everything that we do is precedential for the next round of contracts.
“So keeping the offset in place is something we want to be able to do going forward. And the minute you back away from the contract principal then you no longer are able to assert it going forward.”
It would behoove the Titans to get a deal worked out with Mariota to ensure the rookie quarterback doesn't miss any camp time. Mariota is making the transition from Oregon's spread attack to Ken Whisenhunt's system and he could use all the reps he can get before preseason games start.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book GT Bets, the Titans are currently 200/1 long shots to win the 2016 Super Bowl.