Marcus Mariota

Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #8
Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #8
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Marcus Mariota News

Poised to sign re-worked deal

Mariota is expected to sign a re-worked contract with the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Mariota is in line to ink a one-year deal with the team worth $3.5 million, with a chance to make up to $8 million, including incentives. There had been speculation that the QB might be on the move, but this agreement will allow Mariota to reprise his role with Las Vegas, behind starter Derek Carr.

Mar 23, 2021 10:54 AM EST


Facing pay cut ultimatum

The Raiders told Mariota he will be released (or traded) if he doesn't accept a pay cut to $3 million for 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mariota is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $10.725 million in the second season of his two-year contract. The Raiders aren't likely to find a trade partner, but Mariota should be able to generate interest as a free agent, and he could ultimately get more than $3 million. Any hope for a trade would depend on a contract renegotiation that put Mariota's salary somewhere between the two aforementioned numbers.

Mar 18, 2021 11:13 AM EST



May leave Raiders

Mariota could be released this offseason, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mariota is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $10.625 million base salary in 2021, the second season of his two-year contract. The Raiders might be interested in keeping him around as a backup QB, but probably not at that price. Mariota played well in his one 2020 appearance, piling up 226 passing yards, 88 rushing yards and two total TDs in a 30-27 loss to the Chargers in Week 15. He otherwise spent the season on the bench behind Derek Carr, who threw for 300 yards four times in the final five weeks.

Jan 19, 2021 9:00 AM EST


No role in Week 16 loss

Mariota didn't play any snaps Saturday in the Raiders' 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Mariota initially seemed poised to make his first start with the Raiders when No. 1 quarterback Derek Carr suffered what was believed to be a significant groin injury in the Week 15 loss to the Chargers, but the latter ended up approaching Saturday's contest minus a designation after he surprisingly practiced in full capacity all week. Carr didn't suffer any in-game setbacks with the injury and threw for 336 yards in the narrow loss, leaving no opportunity for Mariota to get on the field on the heels of his excellent showing in relief of Carr against the Chargers. The Raiders have now been eliminated from playoff contention after suffering their fifth loss in six games, but Carr is still expected to start in the season finale Jan. 3 at Denver even though he may be at less-than-optimal health.

Dec 27, 2020 7:24 AM EST


Busy night in emergency duty

Mariota entered Thursday's night's 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers for Derek Carr (groin) with 13:29 remaining in the second quarter and completed 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed nine times for 88 yards and another score.

Analysis: Seeing his first game action since the Titans' AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs in January, Mariota looked like he hadn't missed a beat, hitting Fabian Moreau for a 22-yard gain on his first pass attempt and culminating his first drive with a 35-yard scoring strike to Darren Waller. The 2015 second overall pick continued to produce throughout the contest, leading three scoring drives comprised of at least 10 plays and impressively capping off the penultimate one with a two-yard touchdown dive into the right corner of the end zone. Mariota's late fourth-quarter interception may very well have cost the Raiders a win, considering it came at the Chargers' 16-yard line with under two minutes to play and the score tied, but it's difficult to find fault overall with what the sixth-year pro was able to do in an emergency capacity. Carr will have a couple of extra days to try and heal up for a Week 16 Saturday night battle against the Dolphins on Dec. 26, but if he's unable ot suit up, Mariota will be in line to start a potentially critical game for Las Vegas.

Dec 17, 2020 9:26 PM EST



Assumes back up role

Mariota will handle back up duties for Sunday's game against the Jets, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Nathan Peterman had been handling the back up job behind Derek Carr since Week 8, but Mariota will get the opportunity Sunday. It's unclear if Mariota has taken over as the team's back up for good or if this is just an isolated occurrence.

Dec 6, 2020 8:52 AM EST


Inactive yet again

Mariota (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Mariota continues to operate as the No. 3 quarterback for Las Vegas, while Nathan Peterman is the primary backup for Derek Carr.

Nov 15, 2020 11:53 AM EST


Sitting Week 8

Mariota (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Cleveland, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was activated off injured reserve Oct. 20 but has been a healthy scratch in his first two games on the active roster. Mariota appears entrenched as Las Vegas' No. 3 quarterback, with Nathan Peterman continuing to handle backup duties.

Nov 1, 2020 9:18 AM EST


Not ready for game action

Mariota (pectoral) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers, Case Keefer of The Las Vegas Sun reports.

Analysis: Mariota was designated to return from injured reserve Sept. 30 and subsequently activated from IR on Tuesday. Despite the progression he has made from a strained pectoral suffered in training camp, Mariota will remain sidelined for at least one more week. Behind starting quarterback Derek Carr, fourth-year man Nathan Peterman stands as the backup option against coach Jon Gruden's former team.

Oct 25, 2020 1:00 PM EST


Comes off IR

The Raiders activated Mariota (pectoral) from injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Mariota picked up a strained pectoral in the later stages of training camp and opened the season on IR. The Raiders opened his 21-day window to be activated to the active roster on Sept. 30, so needed the entire three weeks to prove his health the the team's training staff. Expect Mariota to serve as Derek Carr's backup QB moving forward.

Oct 20, 2020 2:14 PM EST


Designated to return

Mariota (pectoral) participated in practice Wednesday, indicating the Raiders have designated him to return from IR.

Analysis: Mariota could be active for Sunday's game against the Bills and serve as Derek Carr's backup. Carr has been a solid QB thus far with 7.8 yards per attempt while completing 74 percent of passes, so Mariota likely won't see any playing time unless Carr suffers an injury.

Sep 30, 2020 2:33 PM EST


Has pectoral strain

Mariota, who was placed on injured reserve Monday, is dealing with a strained pectoral, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After tending to shoulder and ankle injuries in the offseason, Mariota was hindered by an unknown issue for the later stages of training camp. The Raiders "hope" that the time away from the field helps him heal and eventually handle backup QB duties behind Derek Carr, but those will be covered by Nathan Peterman for at least the rest of September

Sep 7, 2020 3:01 PM EST


Placed on IR

The Raiders placed Mariota (undisclosed) on injured reserve Monday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: The nature of Mariota's injury isn't known, but the issue isn't related to the shoulder and ankle concerns he dealt with during the offseason, according to coach Jon Gruden. With Mariota out for at least the first three games of the season, Nathan Peterman will serve as Derek Carr's backup.

Sep 7, 2020 2:45 PM EST


Still no practice reps

Mariota (undisclosed) didn't practice Monday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mariota dealt with shoulder and ankle woes during the offseason, but coach Jon Gruden has iterated the quarterback's current issue is unrelated, calling him day-to-day on Aug. 26. Still, Mariota remains away from the field, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only reserve QB on the Raiders roster behind Derek Carr.

Sep 7, 2020 11:20 AM EST


Deemed day to day

Mariota is considered day to day with an unspecified injury, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The report suggests his current issue isn't related to ankle and shoulder injuries he dealt with during the offseason. Whatever the case, Mariota doesn't seem to be putting much pressure on Derek Carr, who will enter Week 1 with the starting job. Mariota could eventually make starts if Carr struggles and/or the Raiders aren't competing for a playoff spot.

Aug 26, 2020 10:45 AM EST


Impressing Gruden in camp

Mariota has been impressing Raiders coach Jon Gruden with his athleticism and mobility in training camp, as Gruden proclaimed last Friday that his new backup quarterback is "a dazzling playmaker with his feet," Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Gruden also mentioned that Mariota has overcome an ankle issue, allowing the former Titan to take off running when the pocket broke down in Friday's training camp session. Mariota doesn't pose much of a threat to starter Derek Carr heading into Week 1 of the regular season as the latter still has control of the offense, but the Raiders appear to be content with their offseason investment in Mariota at this point.

Aug 17, 2020 7:49 AM EST


Expecting backup role

Mariota said he'll serve as Derek Carr's backup with the Raiders, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports. "First and foremost, this is Derek's team, and I understand that," Mariota said Tuesday.

Analysis: A two-year, $17.6 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed has sparked rumors of a job battle between Carr and Mariota. The former Titan was quick to shoot down those rumors, but there's no way to spin it as a positive for Carr when his team brings in the highest-paid backup in the league. Carr may still have security for the Week 1 starting job, but he'll be looking over his shoulder if he struggles early in the season.

Mar 25, 2020 7:45 AM EST


Contract parameters outlined

Mariota's deal with the Raiders is two years for $17.6 million, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The report notes that $7.5 million in the first year of the contract is fully guaranteed, with incentives also included in the QB's agreement with the team. For now, Mariota slots in behind incumbent starter Derek Carr, but it's plausible that down the road, Mariota -- the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft -- could make a run at the Raiders' top job, if Carr experiences any on-field struggles or suffers an injury.

Mar 23, 2020 2:16 PM EST


Inks deal with Raiders

Mariota and the Raiders agreed to terms on a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mariota is the first quarterback domino to fall in free agency, as the former Titan was brought in to push incumbent Derek Carr for the starting job. Mariota was looking for a fresh start after he was replaced by Ryan Tanehill in Week 7. The 26-year-old completed 95 of 160 passes for 1,203 yards along with a 7:2 TD:INT across seven games in 2019. The Raiders' quarterback competition will be as intriguing as any in the league heading into the 2020 season.

Mar 16, 2020 6:50 PM EST


Searching for fresh start

Mariota passed for 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions across six games as the Titans' starter in 2019.

Analysis: Mariota was benched after leading the team to a 2-4 record to begin the season. Though he avoided turnovers, he struggled to get the ball out in rhythm, taking 25 sacks in his short stint under center. Mariota is likely to hit the open market this offseason as his rookie contract has expired, and the team appears poised to commit to Ryan Tannehill as their starter in 2020. Though Mariota has disappointed relative to his status as the number two overall pick in the 2015 draft, he has shown flashes of promise and is still just 26 years old. He could sign with a quarterback needy team and immediately compete for a starting job.

Jan 25, 2020 10:04 AM EST


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