Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota is the only unsigned 2015 first-round draft pick. But that isn’t enough to concern him about the possibility of missing time in training camp.
“It’s the furthest thing from my mind,” Mariota told NFL.com at the NFL Rookie Symposium on Wednesday. “My agent is going to do his job. He’s going to do whatever it takes. It’s a business deal (and) it takes some time. … I’m sure it will work out.”
When asked if missing any training camp could stunt his development, Mariota stressed that any decision like that is a “long ways off.”
Titans G.M. Ruston Webster has acknowledged that it’s possible Mariota could miss a few days of training camp if the two sides can’t come to a deal, which suggests that the Titans and Mariota’s representatives are most likely battling over if the Heisman winner’s contract will include offset language that protects the team if Mariota gets cuts then signs with another team during his four-year rookie deal.
But for now, there is plenty of time to negotiate a deal. Training camp does not begin for more than a month.