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Report: Washington Football Team’s short-lived interest in Marcus Mariota has waned

This is another indication that the Raiders may have difficulty dealing the backup quarterback

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There is more evidence that the Las Vegas Raiders may have a difficult time trading backup quarterback Marcus Mariota this offseason.

The Athletic reported on Monday that the Washington Football Team talked to the Raiders about a potential deal for Mariota — but negotiations have since cooled down and, right now, a trade between the two teams involved Mariota doesn’t appear likely.

Last Monday, NFL Media reported that the Raiders would likely trade Mariota, but on Wednesday, the outlet reported that his contract was a sticking point in a deal and it may be unlikely for a trade to occur

Mariota, who signed a two-year contract with the Raiders last March, is due to make $10.7 million in 2021. However, if he becomes a starter, his salary will increase to more than $22 million.

Giving up a draft pick and that type of money would be difficult for any team to absorb. So, the Raiders may end up being forced to cut Mariota.

It is doubtful that Las Vegas, which has some salary-cap issues, will want to keep Mariota at $10. 7 million to back up Derek Carr even though he did play well as an injury replacement for Carr in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

There is still time for a trade to develop, but it appears some options are drying up.