NFL free agents Eagles, Howie Roseman should be praised for ignoring

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Kirk and Mariota were never going to give the Eagles what was needed of them.

Despite our love for the same team, we all hang out if different social circles. Depending on who makes up yours, Marcus Mariota could be viewed two different ways. He’s either someone that you haven’t mentioned at all, or he’s someone that you view as a possible upgrade for Jalen Hurts seeing as how their skillsets are similar.

Trust us on this one. We’ve seen a ton of arguments making both stances, but when all things are considered, the fact of the matter is as follows.

We’ve seen the best of Marcus Mariota already. His ceiling isn’t going to get any higher. At best, he’s a career backup. Matt Ryan isn’t perfect, but the Atlanta Falcons have managed to downgrade at the quarterback position.

We know that there’s a bit of a franchise quarterback shortage, and it’s forcing teams to reach on guys that may not be as good. Still, the next time you’re debating whether or not Ryan Tannehill is good enough to lead the Tennessee Titans or anyone else to the Super Bowl, remember that it’s Mariota that lost that job to Tannehill in the first place.