Report: Marcus Mariota will take pay cut, stay with Raiders

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Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota has accepted that he’s not going to find a team willing to pay him starter money this season.

And so Mariota plans to sign a new contract with the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The new contract will have a steep pay cut: Under his old deal Mariota was slated to make $10.725 million this season, but now he’ll make just $3.5 million. However, he can make up to $8 million if he hits all his incentives.

Hitting those incentives probably won’t be possible unless starting quarterback Derek Carr gets injured or benched.

Last year Mariota appeared in just one game, coming off the bench for an injured Carr, and he played reasonably well in that one. But he didn’t play well enough for any team to want to trade for his old contract, so instead he’ll stick around on a reduced deal for his second year in Las Vegas.

39 responses to “Report: Marcus Mariota will take pay cut, stay with Raiders

  1. What happened to him being a guy the Raiders were going to get draft capital for in a trade? Between this guy and the inflated opinion of Derek Carr, Raiders fans are the most delusional in the league.

  2. I like Mayock a lot but I’m left scratching my head at some of the free agent signings, Lamarcus Joyner, Nick Kwiatkowski, Cory Littleton, etc…

  3. touchback6 says:
    March 23, 2021 at 1:59 pm
    What happened to him being a guy the Raiders were going to get draft capital for in a trade? Between this guy and the inflated opinion of Derek Carr, Raiders fans are the most delusional in the league.
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    Yeah, Carr must really suck when he is not throwing for 4,000 yards or having a 101 QBR. Brady must’ve sucked last season too. He only had a 102 QBR.

  4. He is a mediocre starter at best but a great backup for that price.
    I wonder if he gets to start again at some point, maybe next year?

  5. I was actually hoping my Patriots would sign him. I think he’s a better option than what we saw out of Newton last year, but I guess the rest of the league doesn’t think too highly of him, or there would have been some interest from somebody

  6. I think Mariota and Trubisky have the same meek, meager, content personalities. Both are talented but seem to shy away from leadership or responsibility and are perfectly fine with being backups. Too comfortable with good not great. It’s one reason why neither lived up to their draft status. Your QB1 needs to be an alpha.

  7. If cut, he would’ve freed up over $14M in cap space. By the move, he is accepting his role as the backup and will be a free agent next season, when the Cap will be much better.

  8. Grudock now has a much more trade-able asset in a critical personnel category. Wouldn’t be surprised to see MM moved during/after the upcoming draft.

  9. Just another of one of many 1st round drafted QB busts. Out of the 4 or 5 “can’t miss QB’s” that the pundits are in love with this year 3 or 4 will be busts, probably the first 3 picked.

  10. I’ll Be Back says:
    March 23, 2021 at 2:09 pm
    I like Mayock a lot but I’m left scratching my head at some of the free agent signings, Lamarcus Joyner, Nick Kwiatkowski, Cory Littleton, etc…

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    Kwiatkowski may never be known as elite but he’s a complete gamer and I’d love to have him back in Chicago.

  11. chickensalad43 says:
    March 23, 2021 at 2:17 pm
    I think Mariota and Trubisky have the same meek, meager, content personalities. Both are talented but seem to shy away from leadership or responsibility and are perfectly fine with being backups. Too comfortable with good not great. It’s one reason why neither lived up to their draft status. Your QB1 needs to be an alpha.

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    Eligh Manning won some Super Bowls. It is really silly to make personality judgements off what you see in the media, especially when players are coached on how to speak these days. I am sure both of these guys would take a starting job / opportunity if it presented itself and probably are different behind the scenes.

  12. I have no idea why Chucky is so high on Derek Carr. Carr hasn’t proved anything except inconsistency his entire career. I would have bench Carr last year and tried Mariota the last 6 games. That was the best way to gauge Marcus Maritoa value to the Raiders. But Chucky does what Chucky wants to do and doesn’t care what others think. Mariota best shot to start this year was with the Patriots, who decided to re-sign Newton for whatever reason. So Mariota decide to re-sign a 1 year deal with the Raiders and hope he gets a chance with the Raiders, or wait for next years cap to increase. I’m sure teams will still be looking to improve their QB situation.

  13. Great price for a back up that will give your team a chance to win if starter is hurt. Glad he stayed, hope he doesn’t need to play

  14. Seems like he should be worth more than 3.5 when the Bears are paying Dalton 12, but I guess we are talking about Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears…

  15. I’m not for or against Mariota but I find it problematic that the Raiders waited until the free agent market settled as it pertains to teams with QB openings. Had he been approached with this prior to free agency, Mariota would have had an opportunity to catch on with another club for no less than $10 million per year. I’m not saying that the raiders did this intentionally, bit I’m sure it crossed their minds. This smells foul to me.

  16. Mariota is now perceived by the public as being better than he was as a starter. The fact that he is going back as a backup speaks the true story of what the league thinks of him.

  17. Best job in sports is a back up QB – who is viewed as starter material. He will always have a gig until he has to start a game; reminding why he is not a starter in the first place.

  18. 3.5 million to put on some headphones, hold a clip board and get a front row seat to a bunch of football games!!! Man sign me UP!

  19. Pats should give Vegas a 4th rounder this year for him. He will be probably a 3 for them next year in f.a.

  20. Are the Raiders in re-build mode again? Seriously, they don’t seem to be making a “playoff push” during this FA period at all. If anything they seem to be setting up for a year where Carr suffers a career ending injury due to an inexperienced line and having a shot at a new franchise QB in next year’s draft.

  21. The Raiders couldn’t afford him at $10 million. He was either going to be cut or traded. Either way he would get an opportunity to start this season. By accepting a pay cut to $3 million, it demonstrates he has no desire to play and is happy to just ride the bench.

  22. peteywheatstraw says:
    March 23, 2021 at 2:29 pm
    He had zero interest in FA.

    More like FA had zero interest in him.

  23. Eli Manning won some Super Bowls……
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    The Giants defense won two Super Bowls while Eli Manning was their quarterback.

  24. Christopher Allan says:
    March 23, 2021 at 2:10 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 23, 2021 at 1:59 pm
    What happened to him being a guy the Raiders were going to get draft capital for in a trade? Between this guy and the inflated opinion of Derek Carr, Raiders fans are the most delusional in the league.
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    Yeah, Carr must really suck when he is not throwing for 4,000 yards or having a 101 QBR. Brady must’ve sucked last season too. He only had a 102 QBR.

    Funny enough that comparison won’t work on him as he also hates Tom Brady ever since he left the Pats

  25. easier top trade him now… another team wouldn’t mind picking up that contract

  26. justanotherfbfan says:
    March 23, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    Christopher Allan says:
    March 23, 2021 at 2:10 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 23, 2021 at 1:59 pm
    What happened to him being a guy the Raiders were going to get draft capital for in a trade? Between this guy and the inflated opinion of Derek Carr, Raiders fans are the most delusional in the league.
    ———————————————————————————————-
    Yeah, Carr must really suck when he is not throwing for 4,000 yards or having a 101 QBR. Brady must’ve sucked last season too. He only had a 102 QBR.

    Funny enough that comparison won’t work on him as he also hates Tom Brady ever since he left the Pats

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    Wrong. He has hated Tom Brady since Brady married Gisele.

  27. Well I guess if you cant get what you wanted in a trade this would be the next best option for the Raiders.

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