Mariota gets $7.5 million salary, potential for much more in incentives

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Marcus Mariota has signed an incentive-laden contract with the Raiders that pays him like the backup he is — unless he can win the starting job, and play well.

The Raiders gave Mariota a two-year, $17.6 million deal that includes a $7.5 million fully guaranteed base salary in 2020, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Where it gets interesting is in the potential for incentives: Mariota can make $2.4 million if he plays 60 percent of the Raiders’ offensive snaps in 2020, plus another $1.5 million in per-game playing time and win incentives and $2 million in postseason incentives.

In 2021, Mariota has $10 million in incentives available and a $12 million salary escalator.

What this all means is that Mariota can cash in if he does to Derek Carr what Ryan Tannehill did to Mariota last year: Unseat him for the starting job, and then play well enough to lead the team to the playoffs.

Mariota’s contract is nowhere near what most would have expected for him a year ago, when he was heading into the final season of his rookie contract. If Mariota had played well last year he would have cashed in this year, but instead it was Tannehill who got a big contract. Now Mariota has signed a backup’s contract that has the potential to get a lot better, if he plays and plays well.

21 responses to “Mariota gets $7.5 million salary, potential for much more in incentives

  1. $7.5 mil to be a backup. Wow. Plus incentives if he actually gets to play a good deal (takes over job)

  2. Mariota can work from home and still out-produce Carr.

    For the uninitiated, Derek ranked bottom-8 in

    red zone turnovers,
    points per red zone trip,
    red zone TD to INT ratio,
    aggressive throw percentage,
    yards to the sticks left after completions,
    air yards per target,
    play action pass damage,
    and points per game.

    The Raiders had five Pro Bowl talents on offense around him.

    He’s an analytical nightmare, but his completion percentage is pretty.

  3. crazy the first two picks of the 2015 draft didn’t get second contracts..I still think Jameis can be fixed…hell cut the Int in half and he’d be a legend

  4. I remember Mike Mayock really liking MM coming out of college and after 5 years of watching MM, Mayock and Gruden went after him on day 1 of FA…the future may show he was the best qb in 2015 to draft (just not that high) if he does light it up… We all know the rest of those 2015 drafted has flamed out!

  5. What a joke this franchise is, I honestly don’t know who is the worst team in the NFL. It’s definitely between the Raiders, Bengals and most definitely the 63 year losing Lions. At least the Raiders are kind of headed in the right direction (barely) the Lions just continue to run themselves into the ground.

  6. This means nothing – Teddy Bridgewater had the same deal with Saints last year at $7.25m. Even Chase Daniel got $6m from the Bears and has he ever started a game?

  7. Even Chase Daniel got $6m from the Bears and has he ever started a game?

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    Chase Daniel got $10 million for two years from the Bears and he started many games including one where he shredded your pathetic Lions. Now he’s your back QB (3 years for $13 million) and will be starting as soon as Stafford’s “healed” broken back gives out again. LoL!

  8. Chase Daniel got $10 million for two years from the Bears and now he’s on your Lions or whatever team you root for seems like many, just like all your fake names.

    He also started a bunch of games one of which where he shredded your Lions, and now he’s your backup QB ready to take the field when Stafford gets sacked and re-injured….again. LoL!

  9. Both Carr and Mariota are much much better than Trash Allen that the Bills traded up to get and Mitch MVP Trubisky, that the Bears traded up to get.

  10. I think what Gruden is doing is awesome. He’s creating a situation where the Raiders have competition at QB, and both guys will benefit. It’s the fair way to do things. It’s really the American way. Competition. May the best man win. We’ve also seen recently, and throughout history where a change of scenery did wonders for a QB’s career. Plunkett. Brees. Steve Young. Favre. All these guys won super bowls, but they all did it after the team that drafted them gave up on them. It’s ridiculous to think that a talented young QB can’t have success, even if it didn’t happen with his first team. This includes Derek Carr, should the Raiders move on from him. But no QB should ever feel like he’s too good to be replaced. Joe Montana, and now Tom Brady were both shown the door.

  11. Past two season win record for Joe Cork Ronto’s multiple teams he roots for:

    Stafford and the 63 year failing Lions and Patricia = 9 wins

    Carr and the Raiders and goofy Gruden = 11 Wins

    btw…Pick a team and stick with them you gutless wagon jumper, you’re not a real NFL fan!

  12. Past two season win record for Joe Cork Ronto’s multiple teams he roots for:

    Stafford and the 63 year failing Lions and Patricia = 9 wins

    Carr and the Raiders and goofy Gruden = 11 Wins

    Trubisky and Nagy = 20 wins and divisional champs

    btw…Pick a team and stick with them you gutless wagon jumper, you’re not a real NFL fan!

  13. No QB is going to excel in Gruden’s antiquated dink-and-dunk (“West Coast Offense”) system. Gruden was fortunate in his first Raiders stint when Al Davis acquired Rich Gannon who had successful “West Coast Offense” experience and fit the personality-mold that Gruden favors. However lightning rarely strikes twice.

    The Raiders would be much better off keeping Carr as starter, jettisoning Gruden and hiring good offensive coaches that can utilize Carr’s strengths (as Bill Musgrave did). Unfortunately that’s no going to happen, so Carr will probably recapture his 2015-2016 form with another team once Gruden gets rid of him.

  14. Lawrence says:
    March 24, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Or Gruden learned something from Musgrave and employees it this year

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    I’d be truly shocked if that happened. Gruden’s ego is so large that he (and his groupies) think that he can walk on water and would never admit to a single flaw.

  15. I wondered why Marcus chose the Raiders and his answer was super telling about how he really felt about Tennessee. He said he wanted to go someplace with stability. He knows that Gruden isn’t going ANYWHERE at least for 2 years. Something Mariota has never had. 5 OCs and 3 Head Coaches. Yet he still took a 3 win franchise and led them to winning seasons and playoff births every year. Something Carr hasn’t done…WIN. Only 1 other quarterback who has started his first 6 seasons as a starting QB has MORE loses than Derek Carr…his brother David.

  16. “He’s an analytical nightmare, but his completion percentage is pretty.”
    Couple of other things that are pretty about Carr.
    1. His PFF Passing Grade of 80.1. Ranked 8th in the NFL
    2. His Passer Rating of 100.8. Ranked 9th in the NFL.
    By relevant measures Carr played well last year. The problem was a Raider defense which gave 26 points per game.

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