QB - LV
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that QB Marcus Mariota will sign a reworked contract to stay with the Raiders.
Mariota is expected to sign a one-year, $3.5 million contract to stay in Las Vegas. He can make up to $8 million in incentives. The 27-year-old appeared in one game for the Raiders in 2020, completing 17-of-24 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Mariota will once again serve as the Raiders backup QB behind Derek Carr in 2021.
The Raiders asked quarterback Marcus Mariota to take a paycut down to just $3M this year and is likely to be released or traded, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Mariota is due to make is due $10.725M this season.
Given what quarterbacks like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tyrod Taylor, and Jacoby Brissett just received on the open market, it's unlikely Mariota would be interested in cutting his salary all the way down to $3 million. Mariota should be on the move in the coming days and may even find a landing spot that allows him to compete for the starting job in 2021.
In an interesting development, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network speculates that the Raiders could release backup quarterback Marcus Mariota rather than trade him.
This entire idea stems from Mariota's contract, which would pay him $200K for every game he starts and a total of $325K for every game he wins in 2021. Since teams interested in Mariota view him as a starter, any trade would involve more than just his $10.625 million base salary. With teams hesitant to shell out a draft pick and nearly $15 million for the 27-year-old, a release could be more likely. No matter what happens, Mariota should garner plenty of interest this offseason thanks to his impressive stat line over six seasons (64 games) in the NFL.
The Athletic reports that the Las Vegas Raiders are more interested in trading Marcus Mariota than Derek Carr.
If the Raiders trade Mariota that would almost ensure Carr remains their starter moving forward. However, if Carr were to be traded that could lead to a whole new QB controversy with Mariota and whoever they bring in to compete. This is good news for Carr's long term stability in Las Vegas, while Mariota's future remains uncertain.
Raiders QB Marcus Mariota came in Derek Carr after he left with a groin injury and completed 17-of-28 passes for 226 yards along with one touchdown and one interception in the Raiders' 30-27 loss to the Chargers. He also added 88 rushing yards and an additional rushing touchdown.
Mariota was dynamic, using his legs to extend plays and did a good job pushing the ball down the field and put the Raiders in positions to score. Derek Carr's groin injury looked significant enough to miss a game, and if that were to happen, Mariota is worth a stream for any managers still alive after the semi-finals or playing DFS in Week 16.
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