The Eagles’ offense was a major issue for the majority of the season last year and was the main reason the team struggled on their way to 9-7.
Here is a look at some of the options they have in free agency, starting with a crucial position -- backup quarterback.
For the Eagles, Mariota would be perhaps the best possible option as a backup, unless Nick Foles gets released. Mariota has 61 games of starting experience in the NFL, including two starts in the playoffs. Mariota has not met the potential he showed at Oregon, but he hasn’t been completely terrible either, posting a career quarterback rating of 89.6 and throwing 76 touchdowns to 44 interceptions.
A very appealing part of bringing in Mariota would be what he can do with his legs. The Eagles’ offense was at its best last season when they were rolling Carson Wentz out of the pocket, a gameplan they had to abandon when Josh McCown went in for an injured Wentz during the team’s playoff loss to Seattle. They wouldn’t have to do that with Mariota.
For Mariota, he would get to come to an elite franchise with an elite head coach and a quarterback that has missed time in each of the last three seasons, giving him a very real chance to play.
Mariota and the Eagles made sense the first time around and it makes just as much sense this time.