The agent of Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger said his client does not want to be traded and wants to compete with Marcus Mariota for the starting job.
The Titans selected Mariota with the second pick of the NFL draft on Thursday. Shortly after, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Mettenberger's agent wanted Tennessee to trade him if they do not trade Mariota.
Titans general manager Ruston Webster told reporters Thursday evening that neither Mariota nor Mettenberger will be traded. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt also said that the team plans to start Mariota at quarterback in Week 1.
Mettenberger was drafted by Tennessee in the sixth round last year and started six games in 2014, going 0–6 as the Titans finished 2–14. He threw for 1,412 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions and completed 59.8% of his passes.
In February, Mettenberger said he believed he would be able to beat Mariota out for the starting spot should Tennessee draft him.
Mariota was the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner at Oregon.
- Molly Geary