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Marcus Mariota's New Raiders Contract Includes Surprising Detail

Isaiah De Los Santos
The new contract for Las Vegas Raiders QB Marcus Mariota has an intriguing detail included in it.
The new contract for Las Vegas Raiders QB Marcus Mariota has an intriguing detail included in it. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Las Vegas Raiders backup quarterback Marcus Mariota became the subject of trade rumors this offseason, as the team didn't want to shell out for his over $10 million base salary just to sit behind Derek Carr. With prospective trade partners also balking at his salary, the Raiders contemplated cutting him, but the two sides recently agreed to a reduced contract for the 2021 season.

That new deal includes an intriguing detail.

Marcus Mariota Contract

Mariota's new contract with the Raiders, which will pay him $3.5 million with a chance to make up to $8 million with incentives, features a no-trade clause. So while his salary is much more manageable for trade partners, Mariota must approve any deal he's a part of, complicating any potential move.

If Las Vegas gets a decent offer from a team, but Mariota isn't interested in heading there, the QB has the right to deny any deal. This gives him leverage, allowing him to pick a destination he wants to land, if the two sides agree to move on.

Depending on what happens on the trade market and in the NFL Draft, a QB-needy team may come calling about the Raiders backup, who showed flashes of his dual-threat potential with 314 yards from scrimmage and two scores in Week 14 last season.

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