After trading quarterback Carson Wentz, the Indianapolis Colts will be on the hunt for his replacement. Could it come in the form of free-agent quarterback Marcus Mariota?
With the opening of the legal handling period on Monday at 4:00 p.m. Mariota will be one of those players, and the Colts seem interested.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler, Mariota has been the name they’ve heard the most when it comes to the Colts’ search for a new quarterback.
The name I hear most as the Indianapolis Colts’ answer at quarterback is free agent Marcus Mariota, who has been Derek Carr’s backup with the Raiders for the past two seasons. There are also people who think Minnesota’s Cousins could end up in Indianapolis, though it’s unclear if Cousins will go anywhere.
Mariota would be an interesting option for the Colts. It would be a cheap and positive play at the position. Mariota should be able to execute RPO concepts with relative ease while he’s a quarterback who’s willing to take layups, an aspect Wentz refused to do during his season at Indy.
Mariota hasn’t started since 2019 when he was with the Tennessee Titans. He was eventually replaced by Ryan Tannehill midway through that season and then signed with the Raiders as Derek Carr’s backup since then.
Mariota would be one of the ideal boom/bust options for the Colts in 2022. He could become a solid starter, giving the Colts a chance to compete in the feared AFC landscape. Or he could help put the Colts in position to move up in the 2023 draft, which is supposedly filled with a much better quarterback game.
Regardless, Mariota’s name should be one to watch when the legal tampering period opens on Monday.