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Nov 11, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) rushes against New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (21) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 34-10. (Jim Brown/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

If the New England Patriots find themselves in the non-Tom Brady quarterback market this offseason, former Titans starter Marcus Mariota may be a name to watch, according to ProFootballNetwork.com’s Tony Pauline.

From Pauline:

Keep this in the back of your mind – with all the uncertainty surrounding Tom Brady, the New England Patriots are showing interest in soon to be free agent quarterback Marcus Mariota. The former first-round pick is being courted by several teams who may have an open competition at quarterback. I’m told the Indianapolis Colts have also shown interest in Mariota – just in case.

The No. 2 overall pick from the 2015 NFL Draft, Mariota has spent his entire NFL career with Tennessee, but most recently lost his starting gig to Ryan Tannehill during the Titans’ improbable run to the AFC Championship Game last season. The 6-foot-4 Mariota made six starts prior to losing the gig to Tannehill in 2019, throwing for 1,179 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Mariota, who played his college ball at Oregon, also totaled 129 yards on the ground on 24 rushes.

The 26-year-old Mariota, who led the Titans to the playoffs in 2017, has thrown for over 13,000 yards with 76 touchdowns and 44 interceptions in his career, and boasts a 29-32 record as a starter over his five-year run with the Titans.

It goes without saying that Mariota is far from the Patriots’ top option at quarterback (that list begins and ends with Brady), but their rumored interest does speak to just how straight-up gross things could get should No. 12 leave New England.

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