The deadline to officially employ the fifth-year option is May 2.
The No. 2 overall pick in 2015 was never going anywhere.
The Titans franchise cornerstone, Mariota owns the traits to be among the top signal-callers in the NFL for the next decade. The biggest concern for the 24-year-old quarterback is health. Mariota has yet to play a full 16-game regular-season slate in his three-year career.
Tennessee fired coach Mike Mularkey this offseason in large part to help unlock Mariota’s potential. The grind-out style preferred by the previous coaching staff pigeonholed a quarterback who excels in a quick-pass scheme and owns superior athleticism as a runner.
The Titans hope importing offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur will unleash Mariota, similar to Jared Goff ‘s big stride forward under Sean McVay in Los Angeles, where LaFleur was OC last season.
[Gabbert has] got the height, weight, speed, arm strength and the mental ability, so we feel like he’s got ascending ability for a quarterback,″ Jags GM Gene Smith said.
J.J. Watt was 11th. QB Christian Ponder (.598, 38-36) was the 12th pick, with Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman calling Ponder’s selection a no-brainer.
He’s a Seahawk, Carroll said. I don’t know what everyones talking about.
Asked if he expects Thomas to be present for the start of training camp in July, Carroll replied, Heck, yeah! He better be there. He’s on the roster. We’re counting on him.
Carroll’s comments align with NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport’s early March report that Thomas is firmly in Seattle’s plans for the 2018 season.
Thomas has done little, however, to allay concerned Seahawks fans, stating on separate occasions that money talks and his future in Seattle is a guessing game.
After shedding Dez Bryant ‘s salary and converting Byron Jones to cornerback, Dallas has the motivation and the cap space to answer Thomas’ late-December trade invitation. If the Cowboys do make a draft-day run at Thomas, though, they’ll have to convince Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks ‘ brass that the compensation is worth parting with a franchise legend.