The Atlanta Falcons made a surprising move
They released veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota. The move came as a shock to many in the NFL community, as Mariota was considered to be one of the most experienced quarterbacks available in free agency. The decision was announced by the team on March 7th, 2023, after Mariota had spent only one season with the Falcons.
Mariota signed a one-year deal with the Falcons in 2022, hoping to revive his career after struggling to find success with the Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders. However, he was relegated to a backup role behind starting quarterback Matt Ryan and saw limited playing time throughout the season.
Despite his limited role, Mariota showed flashes of his talent during his time with the Falcons. He completed 70.6% of his passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also added 74 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.
However, Mariota’s release suggests that the Falcons are looking to move in a different direction at the quarterback position. With Matt Ryan nearing the end of his career, the Falcons are likely to be in the market for a younger quarterback who can lead the team into the future.
Mariota’s release could also have implications for other teams in the NFL.
As one of the most experienced quarterbacks available in free agency, Mariota could be an attractive option for teams looking to bolster their depth at the position. The New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, and Washington Football Team are among the teams that could potentially be interested in Mariota’s services.
Regardless of where he ends up, Mariota’s release from the Falcons marks the end of a disappointing chapter in his career. Once considered one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the league, Mariota has struggled to find consistent success in recent years. However, he still has the talent and experience to make a meaningful impact on a team, and it will be interesting to see where he lands next.