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Marcus Mariota reworks contract to remain with Las Vegas Raiders

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The former Heisman winner will be staying a backup quarterback. 

Marucs Mariota and the Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to rework his contract to "a 1-year deal worth $3.5M with a chance to make up to $8M including incentives," per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Last month, it was reported Washington was "extremely interested" in Mariota but that trade fell through because of his contract which would nearly double his salary if he was made the starter. Later, Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the likely starter. 

It's interesting Mariota's contract was what seemingly prevented him from competing for the starting job in Washington and now Mariota accepted a paycut in a place he has no chance to become the starter.

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Last offseason, Mariota agreed to a two-year, $17.6 million deal with Las Vegas that had a first-year guarantee of $7.5 million with some incentives for playing time. Per the details of his contract, Mariota’s cap number will be just above $10.7 million in 2021 if he remains the backup.

In the original contract, should Mariota play over 60 percent of snaps in 12 games next season, the quarterback would have earned an additional $7.85 million. Then for each victory Mariota led his team to, he would earn an extra $156,250 with maximum win earnings of $1.8 million. The incentives continue if Mariota makes the postseason. The 27-year-old will have earned $250,000 for every postseason win, $1 million for making the Super Bowl, and $2 million for winning the title.

 

Last season, he showed he still has some solid play left in the tank.

For the majority of the season, Mariota was the backup to Carr for the Raiders but did see some time on the field in Week 15 vs. fellow former Oregon Duck quarterback Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers.

In that game, Mariota balled out - completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 226 passing yards, a touchdown, and one interception.

He also had 88 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground as well.

Should Derek Carr miss any time, Mariota should be able to fill in serviceably.