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Tennessee Titans sign Wide Receiver Marc Mariani to one year deal

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with wide receiver Marc Mariani on a one-year contract.

Mariani was selected by the Titans in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Montana wide receiver works well in the slot and is excellent in the return game.

He made an immediate impact in his rookie year as a returner, earning Pro Bowl honors after finishing second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a 12.2-yard punt return average and finishing fourth in the AFC with 25.5-yard kickoff return average.

Mariani set the franchise record for most combined return yards on punts and kickoffs and became the second Titans/Oilers player to record a punt return touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same regular season.

He has been on injured reserve for the past two years with a broken leg in 2012 and a shoulder injury in 2013.

“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 posted to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

Marc Mariani Career Highlights

  • In 2011, appeared in all 16 games as a reserve, ranking seventh in the AFC with a 10.7 punt return average and finishing eighth in the AFC with a 23.4 kickoff return average.
  • As a rookie in 2010, named to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist. Finished second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a 12.2-yard punt return avg., while finishing fourth in the AFC with 25.5-yard kickoff return avg.
  • Set the franchise record for the most total return yards on punts and kickoffs in franchise history with 1,859 yards. His 2010 total exceeded Derrick Mason’s previous record of 1,794 yards in 2000.
  • Became the second Titans/Oilers player to record a punt return touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same regular season. Billy Johnson did it in both 1975 and 1977.

Mariani ended his career in Montana as the most prolific receiver and all-purpose player in history. He set school marks in career receiving yards (3,018), receiving touchdowns (29), and career all-purpose yards (5,441).

His 164 receptions and 200 career points rank him seventh in the Grizzlies’ record book. Mariani also had three of the longest scoring plays in school history in his career: a 98-yard kickoff return, a 94-yard punt return, and an 84-yard reception


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