There was some contention regarding Carr’s position when the team brought in Marcus Mariota for a two-year deal during the 2020 offseason.
Experts and fans thought that the former Oregon standout would have a chance to take over.
However, Carr’s stock continued to rise, making Mariota an expensive backup.
That said, Mariota joined the Atlanta Falcons on a two-year $18.75 million deal.
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported that his contract is consists of a one-year, $6.75 million deal and a $12 million option for 2023.
Mariota gets a $5 million signing bonus and a $1.75 million guaranteed base salary this year.
He also gets a $3 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the 2023 league year.
While there must have been some competition between Carr and Mariota for the starting role, the Fresno State alum proved that it remained on the field.
In fact, Carr showed support when news of Mariota’s signing with the Falcons broke out.
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) March 21, 2022
Carr said, “Congrats bro! ATL is getting one of the greatest humans on the planet! #Carriotta”
Really, Carriotta is a thing?
Kidding aside, Carr’s response shows that there’s no animosity between the two quarterbacks.
Mariota Will Likely Start Again
Though the 2022 NFL season will be Mariota’s eighth, it’s easy to forget that he’s only 28 years old.
Likewise, he was the Tennessee Titans’ starter for the better part of five seasons.
His best year came in 2016 when he had career-highs of 3,426 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.
The former second overall draft pick won eight of the 15 games he started for Tennessee that season.
A year later, he went 9-6 to finish with 3,232 yards, 13 passing touchdowns, and five rushing scores.