The NFL has contacted Arizona quarterback Marcus Mariota about a possible trade to the Atlanta Falcons, per a source with knowledge of the situation.
ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter first reported the news, citing sources.
The Falcons could use an upgrade at quarterback after trading for Atlanta’s Josh McCown in a trade that sent running back Devonta Freeman to the Carolina Panthers.
The Jets are also interested in Mariota, according to a source, but he hasn’t been given an invitation to an interview.
A team source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that the Jets’ interest in MariOTA is more a matter of perception than anything substantive.
If a deal does happen, it will be the third straight year that the Arizona Cardinals have been linked to a trade for Mariota.
The Cardinals drafted Mariota in the second round of the 2012 draft.
Mariota started five games for the Cardinals in 2015 before leaving after one season.
He signed with the Cardinals as a free agent last season and spent his rookie year with Arizona, appearing in 13 games and completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 1,069 yards and nine touchdowns.
After his second season in Arizona, Mariota was cut by the Cardinals and signed with Atlanta as a second-round pick in 2017.
He was a surprise inclusion on the Falcons’ 53-man roster last season, but his role diminished during the second half of the season and he never started a game.
Marioto started five of the team’s first six games and completed 56.4 percent of those passes for 989 yards and eight touchdowns.
The 33-year-old has been one of the NFL’s better quarterbacks since signing with Arizona.
MariOTA started 13 games for Arizona last season.