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Titans say they will exercise 5th-year option on Marcus Mariota

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    Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota threw during the first half of a wild-card playoff game against Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 6. The Tennessee Titans have announced they will exercise their fifth-year option on Mariota.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> The Tennessee Titans have announced they will exercise their fifth-year option on quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The move keeps Mariota under contract through the 2019 season.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson made the announcement ahead of the May 3 deadline to declare a fifth-year option for players drafted in 2015.

“We’re excited to have him around here for the next couple of years and hopefully after the next season we can start to figure something out to keep him around even longer,” Robinson said on titanup.com.

The Titans selected the former Saint Louis School product and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon with the second overall pick in the 2015 draft. Mariota has made 42 regular-season starts over the past three years and has completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 9,476 yards with 58 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.

He threw 13 touchdown passes with a career-high 15 interceptions last season but also led the Titans to their first playoff victory since January 2004.

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