Marcus Mariota’s time in Tennessee has come to an abrupt end. The Oregon alum now looks to revitalize his NFL career, this time with the Raiders.
The former Heisman winner was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft after a legendary collegiate career. Mariota showed signs of promise over five years with Tennessee – even winning a playoff game in 2017 as the starter – but injuries and inconsistency essentially handed the job over to Ryan Tannehill.
Jon Gruden and the Raiders have decided to take a shot in regards to signing the free-agent passer. But Mariota will have to beat out current Vegas starter Derek Carr to land the starting gig. Either way, the Raiders have a quality backup in the fold.
Mariota’s contract details with Las Vegas were released on Monday afternoon – the dual-threat QB has signed a two-year deal worth $17.6 million and $7.5 million guaranteed in the first year, according to NFL reporter Mike Garafolo:
#Raiders gave Marcus Mariota a two-year, $17.6 million deal that includes $7.5m in the first year as a fully-guaranteed base salary.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 23, 2020
This is a good deal for both sides. Mariota gets substantial guaranteed money – especially considering he’s expected to backup Carr.
Meanwhile, the Raiders want to see Mariota excel in Vegas, but if he doesn’t, the Raiders can get out of the deal rather easily in year two.
The Raiders’ QB battle between Carr and Mariota will be one to watch this fall.