It will play out like this. If the Titans REALLY believe in him, they will be making him low ball offers (based on his current production)...5 years at $90-100mil ($18-20mil/yr). If they aren't sure, there will be no contract negotiations until at least mid-season or perhaps right before the trade deadline. If he plays well thru the season, they try and sign him long term. If he doesn't, they let him walk, re-sign Tanny and see how far up in the draft we can get with Tanny being the bridge QB or the vet backup. From Mariota's perspective, they either want him back at the end of the season or they don't. If they do, he gets a lot of money. If they don't, he'll most likely take a 1 yr deal for backup money somewhere like Tanny did this year and look for an opportunity. And we'd look for a way to jump up and get another QB...and start this whole process again. Much like the mistake the Cards made with Rosen, if we were gonna trade Mariota, we would have needed to do it before the draft.