Marcus Mariota reworked his contract to stay with the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this offseason, but Derek Carr’s replacement is still aspiring to start again.
Mariota noted over the weekend that he was still monitoring NFL QB news in case a starting opportunity presented itself elsewhere.
“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he was monitoring other QB situations, via the Las Vegas Journal-Review. “It’s my goal (to be a starter) so I keep an eye on what’s going on. For us as players it’s pretty important to see what the landscape is like. love this team. It’s a great organization to play for. “
The biggest question mark among newbie concerts right now is in Indianapolis, where the timing of Carson Wentz’s return from foot surgery remains a mystery. The Colts will have a better idea in a week or two if the QB will return closer to Week 1 or miss a good chunk of the opening slate. If it looks like Wentz is out in October, then Indy could roam the veteran trading market. Of course, all business considerations also hinge on how Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger, and Brett Hundley look during preseason action.
As we progress through training camp and exhibition games, there’s a good chance another QB injury could emerge from the ground. If so, Mariota’s name – along with people like Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles – would be of note.
The veteran flagman looked good in a relief appearance last season against the Los Angeles Chargers. After injuries that hampered his early career progress and led to his exit from Tennessee, Mariota is emerging as a solid stopgap option that can keep him strong.
Earlier this offseason, Mariota was a business candidate and possibly a cut candidate before signing a reworked deal that pays her $ 3.5 million this season – fully guaranteed. The new contract also included a no-trade clause, which gives Mariota the power to veto any proposed deal. Suppose if a starting job was available, he would forgo this no-trade clause and jump at the chance to be more than Carr’s replacement in Vegas.