Tennessee Titans interim CEO and president Steve Underw...

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Tennessee Titans interim CEO and president Steve Underwood says the team won't back off its determination to have offset language in the contract of No. 2 overall pick QB Marcus Mariota.

Offset language allows teams to recapture guaranteed money if the player is released and signs with another team.

If the Titans give Mariota a contract without offset language, that would allow him to "double dip" and receive payment from another team as well as from the Titans should he not play out his deal.

"We've always had offset language in our player contracts. It's nothing new," Underwood said. "I think it is important where a high first-round draft pick is concerned, because it's the precedent. Everything that we do is precedential for the next round of contracts.

"So keeping the offset in place is something we want to be able to do going forward. And the minute you back away from the contract principle then you no longer are able to assert it going forward."

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Underwood added the Titans would be giving up a longstanding principle going forward if they allowed Mariota to have offset language. Mariota remains the only 2015 first-round pick yet to sign a contract.

Filed Under: 2015, Preseason

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