Sources close to contract negotiations involving Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota say a no-surfing clause is not the reason for a standstill in contract negotiations involving the number-two overall pick in this year's NFL Draft.
Mariota remains the only first-round draft pick who has not yet signed a rookie deal, but that delay has been widely attributed to Tennessee's insistance that the deal include what's known as offset language. Such terminology protects the Titans from having to pay out the remainder of Mariota's contract should he be released by the team before his deal expires, then signs with another team.
The news contradicts an earlier report by the website Endzone Score, which claimed Mariota was refusing to sign his contract because of a clause that would forbid him from surfing. Sources close to Mariota's contract situation openly wondered whether the Hawaii native, who is known to frequent popular bodyboarding spots in East Oahu, is even a surfer.
Mariota is widely expected to be under contract before the Tennessee Titans begin training camp later this month.