After months of angling toward moving away from the Bay Area, the Raiders’ offseason has been defined by uncertainty.
The one thing that is certain in owner Mark Davis’ world: He likes the way head coach Jack Del Rio operates.
That’s why Davis gave Del Rio a new deal Friday just two seasons into his current four-year contract.
“The Raiders have torn up Jack Del Rio’s original contract and rewarded him with a new four-year deal,” Davis said in a statement. “We are excited to continue building on the strong foundation that has been established and this is a significant step in achieving that goal.”
Del Rio is 19-13 over two seasons in the Silver and Black, but he’s credited with ending the franchise’s playoff drought that dated back to 2002.
He’s also earned the admiration of his players as star quarterback Derek Carr tweeted his support of the move shortly after it was announced.
Congrats @coachdelrio ! Well deserved! Just the beginning!
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) February 11, 2017
The Raiders have improved in each season Del Rio has been at the helm. The year before he took over, they finished 3-13 under Dennis Allen. The next season, they won seven games.
A native of Hayward, Del Rio is now a year off the contract schedule of general manager Reggie McKenzie, who signed a four-year deal of his own before the 2016 season.
The major knock against Del Rio with the Raiders has been the defense, his area of expertise. Oakland has finished among the worst 11 teams in the league for yards allowed in both of his seasons in charge.