4 high-priced players the Raiders might move on from in 2021

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Raiders new QB Marcus Mariota

Raiders backup Marcus Mariota with Tennessee (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

The Las Vegas Raiders will have big decisions to make next offseason, and here are four big contracts they may move on from in 2021.

The 2020 Las Vegas Raiders enter their bye week sitting at 3-2, a strong start for a team that had a rough early-season schedule. Throughout, they have gone on the road and shocked the Kansas City Chiefs, beat a good New Orleans team at home, and have actually looked like a team that could challenge for a playoff spot this season.

Still, it is never too soon to look ahead, and there are some big contracts that could come off the books in 2021, giving the team more cap space. Here are four guys who will earn big bucks in 2021, but the team could certainly move on from.

Marcus Mariota, Quarterback

The Raiders brought Marcus Mariota in this offseason to push Derek Carr, the team’s starter for the previous six seasons. During his time as the starter, Carr never really had a true backup, and the contract they gave Mariota was very incentive-laden.

Well, in Carr’s third season in Jon Gruden’s offense, he is having one of the best years of his career, and is fresh off a stunning victory in Kansas City, getting a big monkey off of his back. He is unquestioned starter moving forward, so I do not see any way they pay Mariota $10.1 million in salary to back him up next season.

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