We may now know the reason why the Marcus Mariota trade talks have slowed down considerably.
That is a logical explanation because there were many reports saying a trade was likely. But in recent days, there has been talk that a trade could be unlikely and teams are losing interest in a deal.
Mariota is set to make $10.7 million this season. But if he is a starter, he would make more than $22 million. Teams are reluctant to pay that and, it now seems, Mariota is not willing to budge.
If the Raiders cut him, he can discuss a deal with several teams and get the best price.
So, the Mariota saga continues for the Raiders.