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Marcus Mariota, Titans agree on contract to officially kill Chip Kelly's dream

The dream is over, again.

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Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans have finally officially agreed on a rookie contract. There was never any doubt a deal would get done, but the delay was due to a squabble over the concept of offset language in Mariota's deal. It turns out both sides agreed to partial offset language.

Mariota signing with the Titans is just another reminder how Chip Kelly's dream of acquiring his former Oregon Ducks quarterback didn't come true. The weeks and months leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft was filled with speculation that Kelly was going after Mariota. One report even indicated the Eagles made a massive trade offer. However, Kelly denied that the Eagles were ever close to acquiring Mariota.

Without Mariota, the Eagles will likely be moving forward with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback. At least, for now.

For those still irrationally clinging on to Mariota, note that his contract runs through the 2018 season. Should the Titans pick up his fifth-year option, however, the deal will run through 2019. Mariota will be first eligible to sign a contract extension following the 2017 season. If Mariota succeeds with the Titans, there's no chance the team will let him walk. If he struggles, however, there just might a coach out there willing to reunite with him...

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