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Marcus Mariota Sends Clear Message After Signing With Raiders

Marcus Mariota throwing a pass.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass in the first half of a football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Las Vegas Raiders made headlines when they signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The signing showed a significant shift in Mariota's career. After starting for the Titans for years, Mariota got beat out by former Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill - who signed an extension with Tennessee.

Now, Mariota becomes the back-up quarterback for Raiders starter Derek Carr. On Tuesday, the former Oregon star spoke about his decision to sign with the Raiders and head coach Jon Gruden.

Mariota made it clear he knows his role heading into the 2020 season. "First and foremost, this is Derek's team, and I understand that," Mariota told KHON-TV Hawaii. "I understand that going in."

He set his priorities heading into free agency, via NFL.com:

"For me my priorities going into free agency was to be a part of a team that I felt could bring out the best in me and whatever happens, whatever comes to that, I'm ready for, but I do know that to play starting quarterback in the NFL, to be at that spot is not any easy job to do, and I think when it comes down to it, a strong, stable, supportive quarterback room makes that job a whole lot easier."

Mariota took care of the football in 2019, throwing seven touchdowns to just two interceptions.

However, he failed to lead a competent offense, which resulted in the Titans turning the keys over to Tannehill.

Now Mariota gets the chance back up Carr and potentially compete for the starting job.