Marcus Mariota agreed to take a pay cut on Tuesday to remain as backup quarterback for a second season for the Las Vegas Raiders.
Mariota had been due to be paid $10.5 million in the second year of his contract with the team after making $7.5 million last year. The Raiders were unwilling to pay that much for Mariota to be Derek Carr’s backup and reached agreement to bring him back on a cheaper deal.
NFL Network reported that Mariota will be paid $3.5 million this season with a chance to increase the deal to $8 million with incentives.
“At the end of the day, we’re very blessed to play this game for a living,” Mariota told KHO-TV from his home state of Hawaii. “A lot of us make a really good amount of money. For me, I just love playing the game. The excitement, the opportunity to be a Raider kind of overcame all of that.”