NFL Rumors: Atlanta Falcons Likely To Cut QB This Offseason

The Marcus Mariota experiment did not work out.

According to The Athletic's Josh Kendall, the Atlanta Falcons could release quarterback Marcus Mariota before June 1 and save $12 million in cap space.

Obviously, this is purely speculation at this point, but given that Mariota was brutal this past season and essentially left the team after he being benched and undergoing surgery, it's more than fair to say the Falcons would prefer not to keep him around.

Expectations were fairly high for Mariota coming into the season, as he had been impressive throughout his career in his limited action as a backup quarterback. However, he got exposed as a starting QB, especially on his inability to throw the deep ball in the Falcons' pass-heavy offense. 

That being said, the twenty-nine-year-old is still a capable backup QB and should be able to latch on somewhere in that role.

In 13 games this season, Mariota completed 184-of-300 pass attempts for 2,219 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In addition, he rushed 85 times for 438 yards and four touchdowns.
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