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Report: Marcus Mariota agrees to deal to remain with Las Vegas Raiders

Last season’s backup QB will sign a one-year deal that includes incentives

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Marcus Mariota has reportedly agreed to a contract that will keep him as a member of the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2021 season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, last season’s backup quarterback will sign a one-year deal worth $3.5 million that could be boosted to $8 million with incentives.

Mariota was previously scheduled to make $10.7 million on a non-guaranteed second season of the two-year deal he signed in 2020. It was unclear as to whether or not he would return to the Raiders this season, but he chose to accept the ultimatum that was reportedly handed down about a pay cut.

The quarterback market dried up in the last week or so with teams securing their projected starters through trades, free agency or electing to focus their efforts on the draft. Any starting opportunity moving forward for Mariota likely depends on an injury somewhere, whether it be the Raiders or elsewhere.

Mariota, the 27-year-old former No. 1 overall pick of the Tennessee Titans, spent last season as the backup to Derek Carr and played in eight games in 2020 with one start. He finished the season 17-for-28 with 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception.