QB - LV
Week 17 Outlook
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.
The Las Vegas Raiders have designated QB Marcus Mariota for return off IR. They’ll now have 21 days to activate him onto the 53-man roster.
Mariota started the season on IR, but will be back with the team by Week 10 based on the 21-day window to elevate him to the 53-man roster. Derek Carr has played well enough to hang on to the starting job, and unless something changes, expect to see Carr as the starter for the remainder of the season. Mariota is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL, and should be stashed in dynasty leagues in case something were to happen to Carr.
Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota was placed on injured reserve Monday, ESPN NFL insider Field Yates reports. Nathan Peterman is Derek Carr's backup until Mariot returns. Ian Rapoport adds that Mariota has been dealing with a "pec strain, one that has severely limited him in practice."
Mariota will now miss at least the next three weeks on injured reserve. The veteran quarterback lost his starting job in Tennessee to Ryan Tannehill last season and signed a two-year deal with the Raiders to serve as Derek Carr's backup.