Mariota's contract is not a lot cheaper (it's $10 MM but balloons to about double that if he's the full-time starter), but more significantly, it's only for one year. That means even if the reclamation project works, then you're in a position of having to pay market after that. OTOH, Wentz has a lot more guaranteed money (his whole 2021 salary), but he's got three more years at ~25MMish, which is a pretty good contract if he can reclaim, say, his 2018 form.This feels true but looking over the numbers I'm not so sure. Wentz's passing numbers are a little better overall, but you could argue Mariota's rushing makes up a significant chunk of it. Outside of Wentz's 2017, clearly the best year either guy has had, their PFF ratings are pretty similar too. I'd say it's close enough that the systems and surrounding talent introduce enough noise that it's an open question which one would perform better with the 2021 Pats. I think I'm with Time to Mo Vaughn here if only because Mariota is so much cheaper, both his contract and likely his acquisition cost.