Cleveland Browns QB option that isn’t Baker Mayfield No. 3: Marcus Mariota
After being the starting quarterback for the Titans for four seasons, Marcus Mariota has welcomed a backup role in the league for the last two years after being benched in his fifth season in Tennessee. With Derek Carr on the roster, he really was never given a shot, but he will likely want to go to a team where he can compete as the starter.
Why would the Cleveland Browns be interested in Mariota? Number one, the price will be right. He is a guy that has proven he can win in the league and will come at a discount.
Mariota will have fresh legs and has elite athleticism which can be a huge benefit in the Kevin Stefanski offense. This is a guy you bring in and keep Mayfield on the roster. You won’t give him the job for Week 1 (unless earned), but he certainly keeps Baker Mayfield motivated to play his best.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a downside to this as well. Bringing in Mariota as a backup could create a lot of unnecessary drama. This league is a business, but it would likely upset Mayfield. He may not say much, but it could also add additional pressure which could lead to even more mistakes.
With Case Keenum looking like a possible cap casualty, I expect the Browns to sign another quarterback with some starting experience. Mariota may be the guy.