Going in to the 2015 NFL Draft, Marcus Mariota was the consensus second-best quarterback available in the class and a projected Top-10 pick.
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The Tennessee Titans took the bait and grabbed Mariota at the number two overall spot, just behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who brought in a new franchise QB of their own in Jameis Winston.
However, it's been over a month since the draft took place and people are scratching their heads as to why Mariota still hasn't signed a contract with the Titans. We may finally know the reason.
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According to a report from Adam Grice of EndzoneScore, Mariota - who is the only unsigned first-round pick - is refusing to sign a deal with the Titans because they are including a clause that bans him from surfing.
"There is information circling that Mariota is concerned about a clause in the contract that forbids him from surfing both during the season and during the offseason," Grice wrote in his piece.
"Whilst this gives the Titans organization the feeling of security knowing their offensive centerpiece is not going to be subjected to an unnecessary risks, it may distract the player moving forward."
Mariota is a native of Hawaii, where surfing is the national sport and a real way of life. Mariota knows how to surf, but he has said he's more of a body boarder, which one the face of it doesn't seem like it could carry that many risks.
According to EndZoneScore, for some people, surfing is a necessary form of escapism, helping unload a burdened mind by catching a few waves and a way to just relax away from the stresses of being a starting quarterback in the National Football League.
The Titans want to protect their asset, which is understandable as he is a potential Pro Bowl quality quarterback, but if it is such a sticking point then surely Tennessee will just have to cut their losses.