3 Former Eagles Who Will Fail Miserably With Their New Teams After Free Agency

Not all moves in free agency work out
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2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Washington Commanders

It's been an interesting ride for the once-promising Marcus Mariota.

When he entered the 2015 NFL Draft, there was a debate between him and Jameis Winston for the No. 1 overall pick. Philadelphia was even rumored to be willing to trade everything they had to land Mariota. Of course, they were coached by Chip Kelly at the time and he was incredibly fond of the kid who played quarterback for him at Oregon.

The Tennessee Titans refused all offers and took Mariota second overall, right after the Tampa Bay Bucs took Winston. Both failed to live up to their potential and Mariota has become a journeyman.

He spent the first five seasons of his career in Tennessee but his time was marred by inconsistent play. He led them to a 29-32 record before being benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill in 2019. From there, he was a backup for Derek Carr in Las Vegas for two seasons, then got a chance to start for Atlanta in 2022. He was even one of the three quarterbacks featured in the Netflix series, 'Quarterback'.

After going 5-8, he was benched again and left the team. Mariota resurfaced with the Eagles where he backed up Jalen Hurts. The veteran was 15-of-23 in three appearances and once again found a new home this offseason. Staying in the NFC East, Mariota signed with the Washington Commanders — and was eventually replaced by Kenny Pickett.

Washington traded their starter from 2023, Sam Howell, which means Mariota is set to be their starter. They're likely going to try and draft someone to replace him but Mariota could find himself in a starting role. Unfortunately, that hasn't gone well for him historically and even with all the free agency moves, Washington isn't a team to worry about yet. That will lead to Mariota being a disappointment in D.C.