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Will Cam Newton deal affect Marcus Mariota’s future?

Raiders and Mariota now have a working guideline after the Patriots signed Newton to a one-year deal

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Marcus Mariota, Cam Newton
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Both the Las Vegas Raiders and backup quarterback Marcus Mariota woke up to some interesting news Friday as the New England Patriots signed quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal.

Newton was set to be a free agent this season. The fact that he re-upped with the Patriots is relevant to both the Raiders and to Mariota for a couple of reasons.

One: Newton is now off the market, so the Raiders can take him off the list of potential backups to starter Derek Carr and Mariota will have one less competitor on the quarterback market if/when he hits free agency.

Two: It also gives both the Raiders and Mariota a guideline to what his worth will be. ESPN reported that Newton will make close to $14 million in 2021.

However, here are more details:

Mariota is set to make $10.7 million. If he is traded and becomes a starter, his contract will raise to more than $22 million. That likely won’t happen.

So, the Raiders can either decide to keep Mariota (maybe they will now that they have ample salary cap room) or cut him and receive the extra cap space.

Now, Mariota knows his market as well. It would be a surprise if he makes more than Newton this season. So, perhaps this latest bit of information will kickstart a resolution in an ongoing saga in Las Vegas.