NFL rumors: Marcus Mariota to sign two-year, $17.6M Raiders contract


The numbers are in for Marcus Mariota joining the Raiders, and they're structured to both pay him like a qualified backup and provide a financial windfall should he take over as the starter -- especially in 2021.

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that the Raiders handed the quarterback a two-year, $17.6 million contract in free agency, with significant incentives that could increase its value. Here are the full contract details. 

His 2020 guaranteed base salary falls in line with what a top backup could get, with more money coming if he takes meaningful snaps. His playing time incentives are huge in 2021, and would set him up well if the Raiders went with Mariota over current and presumptive starter Derek Carr. Carr is working under a pay-as-you-go contract that runs through 2022.

Mariota doesn't have any guaranteed money in the second year of his deal, which would allow the Raiders to easily move on if he remains the backup. 

If Mariota earns a starting spot, he'll be paid accordingly. If he hits every escalator -- that'll be really, really tough -- Mariota could more than double the contract's original value.

Mariota, 26, is a former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played just seven games last season for the Tennessee Titans before being replaced by Ryan Tannehill. Mariota threw seven touchdowns and two interceptions in 2019 but only completed 59.4 percent of his passes. 

The former Oregon Duck has thrown for 13,207 yards with 76 passing touchdowns over his five-year career. He also has 1,399 career rushing yards and 11 TDs on the ground. 

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Mariota is expected to back up Carr, but he'll have an opportunity to push for snaps. Raiders general manager Mike Mayock graded Mariota as the best QB in the 2015 draft. 

Adding the dual-threat quarterback should only add needed competition as the Raiders look to make a splash in Las Vegas.

Despite this deal, it's still possible the Raiders add a quarterback at some point in the NFL draft. They also placed an original-round tender on restricted free agent Nathan Peterman this offseason. 

NBC Sports California reporter Scott Bair contributed to this report. 

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