Report: Trade interest in Marcus Mariota has cooled

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Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota has been the subject of trade chatter this month, but a deal may not be as likely as it seemed a few weeks ago.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that talks between the Raiders and other teams “did get down the line a little bit,” but that thy have cooled off significantly in recent days. Mariota’s contract appears to be the sticking point.

He’s set to make a base salary of $10.625 million with a cap number of $11.35 million, but incentives in the contract could more than double his compensation if he is a starter for the entire 2021 season.

That base salary without the incentives probably might not be a huge issue for a team that sees Mariota as a starter. It will make it difficult for the Raiders to hold onto Mariota as a backup to Derek Carr and the prospect of Mariota’s release may also be a factor in teams backing away from a potential trade for the second overall pick of the 2015 draft.

17 responses to “Report: Trade interest in Marcus Mariota has cooled

  1. It was never likely. All it was was a talking point for stories just like the non-story last year of teams being interested in Winston which also wasnt true. Teams kick the tires to see if it’s worth taking for a drive and that’s all.

  2. Because of the terms in the contract Mariota gets a big pay increase for each game played.
    His contract is not that cheap unless he performs very well as a full-time starter.

  3. someone is going to get a steal (if he stays healthy)

    flashed a ton of talent in his one game this year, and was in a horrible situation in Tennessee

  4. It’s cooled mainly because teams know if Raiders don’t find a trade he’s gotta be cut. And he knows if he’s cut he’s gonna be picked up somewhere, so he aint too fussed about negotiating.

  5. pmgfootball32 says:

    February 25, 2021 at 9:00 am

    someone is going to get a steal (if he stays healthy)

    flashed a ton of talent in his one game this year, and was in a horrible situation in Tennessee

    ——–
    You mean the same “horrible situation: that presumed bust Ryan Tannehill stepped into and has performed amazingly? Mariota flashed a ton of talent at times in Tennessee as well but could never do it consistently and doing it randomly for 1 game doesnt change that

  6. I feel like Mariota has the higher upside of the two top picks in that draft (meaning vs. Winston). He needs to find a team that will work with him and try to cater to his skills. He also needs to take fewer hits, but he clearly has skills.

    Winston has always been a turnover machine, regardless of his other talents as a QB.

    If Mariota ended up as a starting QB and a team had to pay him ~$20 million that’s a bargain these days. On the other hand, the NFL likes to believe it has any kind of clue about evaluating QB talent, and really they don’t. Because they rarely “develop” anyone – they throw them to the sharks and see if they survive.

    Considering how expensive a good QB is, some patience and nurturing would yield dividends down the road, if they chose to go that route.

  7. Not worth it because he gets 10 and I think the incentives would affect next year’s cap. You need to rework the contract or extend him.

  8. Sunday Swami says:
    February 25, 2021 at 9:27 am
    pmgfootball32 says:

    February 25, 2021 at 9:00 am

    someone is going to get a steal (if he stays healthy)

    flashed a ton of talent in his one game this year, and was in a horrible situation in Tennessee

    ——–
    You mean the same “horrible situation: that presumed bust Ryan Tannehill stepped into and has performed amazingly? Mariota flashed a ton of talent at times in Tennessee as well but could never do it consistently and doing it randomly for 1 game doesnt change that

    ————–

    Tannehill played out of his mind, despite the system. AJ Browns emergence helped for sure

    Tennessee never tailored the offense to Mariota’s stengths, and having Mike Mularkey for his first 3 years didn’t do him any favors

  9. All the decision makers would have known about his contract from the very beginning so this suggests the trade rumors originated with somebody out-of-the-loop or the media.

  10. I am with @SundaySwami – Mariota is likely a decent backup (sorry, lights out one game doesn’t erase years of tape) but he is not a starter in this league. A $20M starter? Maybe but the likelihood of making any serious run with him ….I just don’t see it. As I recall he used flash cards from the sidelines to get plays at Oregon.

  11. Everybody clicks on a cheap Camaro listing. Then they realize it has been beat on by a mullet. In this case a bowl cut.

  12. pmgfootball32 says:

    February 25, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Sunday Swami says:
    February 25, 2021 at 9:27 am
    pmgfootball32 says:

    February 25, 2021 at 9:00 am

    someone is going to get a steal (if he stays healthy)

    flashed a ton of talent in his one game this year, and was in a horrible situation in Tennessee

    ——–
    You mean the same “horrible situation: that presumed bust Ryan Tannehill stepped into and has performed amazingly? Mariota flashed a ton of talent at times in Tennessee as well but could never do it consistently and doing it randomly for 1 game doesnt change that

    ————–

    Tannehill played out of his mind, despite the system. AJ Browns emergence helped for sure

    Tennessee never tailored the offense to Mariota’s stengths, and having Mike Mularkey for his first 3 years didn’t do him any favors
    ——-
    So now we went from situation to system on why Mariota failed? This is the same things teams do when they try to reason themselves into why player X will excel despite insert inability here. Mariota struggled with interceptions(which even this year he threw 1 pick in his 1 game) and he struggled on 3rd down and outside of 1 season were talking about a guy who has about a 62% completion percentage. If you go with Mariota it’s no different than going with Jared Goff, he will have a handful of good games but your not going to rely on him to win it for you and more often than not hes going to remind you of his deficiencies. It’s not like he hasnt been given a shot. He was the starter for over 4 years with 60 plus games on tape more often than not at that point you are who you are.

  13. Makes more sense for him to restructure some of those starter incentives to a “roster bonus” and stay in Vegas as good insurance if Carr goes down. Keeping both (all 3 w/ Peterman at $1M per) below $35M in QB cap hit is a bargain in this day and age.

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