After the Raiders failed to find a suitable trading partner for the veteran QB, Marcus Mariota has restructured his deal, signing a team-friendly $3.5-million deal to remain in Las Vegas.
Mariota signed a two-year, $17.6-million deal last spring, causing a stir as he was projected to push incumbent Derek Carr all the way in a genuine battle for the starting role. After injuries derailed that bid in the summer, Carr went on to throw for over 4,000 yards for the third straight season and cemented his place as the Raiders starter going forward.
MARCUS MARIOTA NOT REALLY TRADEABLE
The problem was with Marcus Mariota due to earn $10.1-million in 2021 there were no starter jobs left for him in the league, and at that salary no-one needed an expensive back-up plan. With the Raiders still in need of a solid back-up who could step in if Carr goes down, the parties did the sensible thing and renogetiated.
Mariota, 27, appeared in one game for the Raiders in 2020 completing 17 of 28, for 226 yards, one td, and one interception in a loss to the LA Chargers.
Marcus Mariota was asked about taking a payout on KHON-TV and had this to say, “
“I think at the end of the day, I just focus on controlling what I can control, and that’s the product on the field. So, every single day I wake up, I train, I get ready to go and at the end of the day we’re very blessed to play this game for a living. A lot of us make a really good amount of money and for me, I just love playing the game. And the excitement, the opportunity to be a Raider, kind of overcame all of that.
“To be here in Vegas, to be a part of this organization meant a lot more to me and I’m excited to be able to come back.”