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One week after an agreement between the Las Vegas Raiders and former Oregon legend Marcus Mariota was reported, the terms of the contract have been revealed.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Mariota has agreed to a two-year, $17.6 million deal with Las Vegas that has a first-year guarantee of $7.5 million with some incentives for playing time.

The deal pays Mariota adequately if he backs up Derrick Carr all season, but will increase his pay if he can win the starting job in training camp or early in the season. If he plays 60% of the snaps in 2020, he'll earn an additional $2.4 million with another $1.5 million up for grabs based on per-game playing time and winning. 

Mariota thinks he can do it. As evidenced when asked after the season-ending defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs if he still believes he's a winning, starting quarterback in this league, Mariota reaffirmed full confidence in himself.

I have no doubts at all, no doubts at all. I'm just hopeful and ready for whatever that next opportunity is.

He additionally has $10 million in incentives in 2021 and $2 million in playoff/Super Bowl incentives each of the two seasons. Additionally,  there's a $12 million salary escalator in 2021. 

The Raiders may see a starting quarterback in Mariota as did most of the NFL when the Tennessee Titans selected him with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Now-Raiders general manager Mike Mayock had the former Heisman winner as the best quarterback in the draft class and now-Raiders head coach Jon Gruden loved Mariota when he participated in his QB Camp for ESPN.

 

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Mariota has shown flashes throughout his professional career, including an impressive sophomore campaign when he threw 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions with a career-best 7.9 yards-per-attempt until a broken leg ended his season. His junior season saw massive regression as he threw 13 touchdowns to 15 interceptions while playing through a hamstring injury. That regression would continue into his fourth season under first-year head coach Mike Vrabel. 

Before being benched, Mariota has a 29-32 record in 61 games as a starter with 13,207 passing yards, 76 touchdowns, and 44 interceptions. After being benched, Mariota was a consummate professional until the end. Head coach Mike Vrabel praised Mariota's professionalism throughout the season. 

It's not entirely Mariota's fault, however; few young quarterbacks would succeed with four offensive coordinators and five different play-callers during their rookie contract.  Now with Las Vegas and leadership that believes in him, Mariota will have the opportunity to compete.