Will Backup Quarterback Marcus Mariota Be Traded?

Raiders backup quarterback Marcus Mariota could be traded for players and/or early round draft picks

The rumors are continuing to circulate around a potential quarterback trade from the Las Vegas Raiders.

While Sports Illustrated Raider Maven currently believes starting quarterback Derek Carr is not being “shopped” by the Raiders, it could be a different story for backup quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota signed a two-year, $17.6 million contract with the Raiders a year ago. His contract has incentives attached which could amount to as high as $37.5 million.

His base salary in 2021 is expected to be $10.625 million.

Mariota also proved he still has the arm of a starting quarterback.

During Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Carr sustained a groin injury and Mariota replaced him under center.

Mariota completed 17-of-28 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed the ball nine times for 88 yards and a touchdown.

I said back then that Mariota might be a good secondary option for the Raiders and potentially implement a two-quarterback system moving forward.

Now it looks the Raiders might be thinking of trading Mariota for some stock.

Further evidence can be found when looking at the Raiders' other backup quarterback, Nathan Peterman, as he recently reached a one-year contract extension worth up to $2.775 million.

If the Raiders shy away from the two-quarterback system, then I believe the best move for the Raiders is to trade Mariota for either some offensive line stock or much needed secondary.

Early draft picks are another option that could be fitting for a trade as well.

Either way, at this moment, it’s not guaranteed that Mariota will remain a Raider at the beginning of the 2021 season.

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