Ex-Falcons QB Marcus Mariota signing with Eagles

The Atlanta Falcons released quarterback Marcus Mariota following the 2022 NFL season, but it appears the former No. 2 overall pick has found a new home in Philadelphia.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mariota has signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Eagles.

Philadelphia will look to Mariota to back up Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts now that Gardner Minshew has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts.

Mariota, 29, finished the season with 2,219 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while adding 434 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The Falcons benched him following a loss in Week 13 and he left the team shortly after to have knee surgery.

The Eagles once considered trading up for Mariota in the 2015 draft when Chip Kelly was the head coach.

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Story originally appeared on Falcons Wire