After being benched, Marcus Mariota leaves the Falcons

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Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota is out. Indeed.

After being benched as a rookie Desmond Ridder For performance reasons, Mariota left the team. And the team doesn’t know if he’ll be back.

Coach Arthur Smith said Mariota will be placed on injured reserve. A minimum four-game absence will knock him out for the rest of the regular season. Smith said Mariota on Tuesday, via Josh Kendall of Not currently with the Falcons.

Smith told Mariota last Thursday that Ridder would be benched. On Friday, Smith learned that Mariota planned to “opt out” of the team.

Instead of placing Mariota on injured reserve, the Falcons could cut Mariota. Then he will move on to discounts Baker Mayfield Did last week.

Mariota was the second overall pick in the 2015 draft. The Titans benched him Ryan Tannehill In 2019.

After two seasons with the Raiders, Mariota signed a two-year contract with the Falcons. He received a $5 million signing bonus and a fully guaranteed salary of $1.75 million through 2022.

Without Mariota, Logan Woodside will serve as the backup to Ridder, a third-round pick in April.

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