Marcus Mariota (
) appeared to have a chance to play this season for the Las Vegas Raiders for a brief moment. The backup quarterback was inserted into the game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 and ran for 31 yards. Despite his outstanding performance, Mariota did not return for the remainder of the game. After that, he reaggravated a quad injury, which cost him
. He was placed on injured reserve and it is unclear when he will return. Derek Carr, the team’s starting quarterback, is currently playing at an MVP level and is known for his durability. Mariota will be a free agent at the end of the season and will most likely look for a starting job. If the Raiders don’t have high expectations for him, they might consider trading him to a team in need of a quarterback. Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey thinks they should:
Marcus Mariota will not be traded in the next week or two, but it is a concept the Raiders should explore as he works back to full health from the quadriceps injury he suffered in Week 1.
Mariota does not have a path to the starting role in Las Vegas since Derek Carr has gotten off to a fantastic start.
The former Oregon quarterback was signed as insurance for Carr a year ago, but it is clear that the Raiders will be fine without him. If needed, the Raiders could call on Nathan Peterman to be their backup.
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. Dolphins and Steelers as Potential Suitors?
The Raiders recognize the importance of having a capable backup quarterback. Carr suffered an injury scare against the Pittsburgh Steelers just a few weeks ago. With Mariota at the helm, the team could still win some games even if he had to miss some. However, he will most likely be able to land a starting job in free agency next offseason. Given his injury issues, the Raiders may be willing to trade him if they can get something in return.
There are some good teams that are just a quarterback away from making the playoffs. Will Raiders Trade Mariota?, according to Tansey.
Las Vegas’ most-recent opponent, the Miami Dolphins, could explore that possibility. Jacoby Brissett is currently filling in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa.
The Pittsburgh Steelers could be on Las Vegas’ radar as a trade partner too if Ben Roethlisberger continues to struggle and they want more starting experience than Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins.
Will Raiders Trade Mariota?
Trading Mariota wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Raiders, but it’s not likely to happen. Jon Gruden’s thoughts on Carr’s injury scare will be on the backburner. Nathan Peterman has been in the system for three years, but he shows no signs of progressing to the point where he could lead a playoff team. When Derek Carr went down with a groin injury last season, Mariota almost led the Raiders to a win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He’s proven that if necessary, he can lead the offense. In addition, the team has special packages for him that could be useful if the offense falters.
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