NEWS BRIEF: Falcons sign Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota

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Former-Raiders/Now-Falcons Quarterback Marcus Mariota

The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota on Monday. The two-year deal follows the Falcons’ decision to trade longtime quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a pick in the third-round of next month's draft.

The Falcons are still regrouping after four straight losing seasons, including a 7-10 season last year, and the much-publicized but failed attempt to acquire Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. gpb.org