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Mariani signs a deal to remain with Titans


March 21, 2014

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Tennessee Titan Marc Mariani returns a punt in an NFL football game against Houston in 2011. Mariani resigned with the Titans this week, inking a one-year deal to play in Nashville in 2014.

Though he’s spent the last few months as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, Marc Mariani is right back where he started.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Tennessee Titans announced they had agreed to terms with Mariani on a new, one-year contract. Details of the contract were not made available, but Mariani announced on his Twitter page Monday how excited he was to remain in Nashville.

"I am truly excited and thankful to say that I will be back in TwoTone Blue next year in TitanNation! Can't wait to get back and get started," Mariani said.

Mariani spent the last two years on injured reserve with a broken leg in 2012 and a shoulder injury in 2013. He played in 32 games during his first two seasons in the NFL with the Titans.

He earned Pro Bowl honors as a kick returner as a rookie in 2010. For his career, he has scored three return touchdowns (2 punts/1 kickoff), registered an 11.2-yard punt return average and a 24.8-yard kickoff average.

Additionally as a receiver, he has posted five career receptions for 24 yards. His 2010 kick return total (1,859 yards on punts and kickoffs) set a franchise record, breaking Derrick Mason’s previous mark from 2000.

ESPN.com reported that Mariani worked out for the San Diego Chargers on Monday, but the former Havre Blue Pony and Montana Grizzly great has found a home with the Titans and wanted to remain one. Mariani will have competition at the return position come training camp. Tennessee signed former Kansas City Chief’s star Dexter McCluster recently, and former Pro Bowl return man Leon Washington is also under contract with the Titans through next season.


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