The 2016 season for the Oakland Raiders not only resembled their return to greatness, but also the emergence of two clear-cut franchise pillars for years to come. While the defense has been guided by the AP Defensive Player of the Year in Khalil Mack, the offense was lead by quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr led the Raiders to an improbably 12-3 record (not counting the final game), including their first winning season and playoff birth since 2002. The third-year player emerged not only as the catalyst of the offense, but as the leader and voice of this team.
Upon leading the Raiders with seven comeback victories, Carr was given a prestigious award to recap his dramatic, career-changing season, via the Raiders Twitter account:
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) February 5, 2017
The 25-year-old finished the season with 3937 passing yards, along with 28 touchdowns and a career-low six interceptions. Although his season was cut short, Carr emerged as the focal point this Raiders team needed.
Carr also finished third in NFL MVP voting this season, as the award was eventually given to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. He also was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl, capping off a dominant season.
The California native does enter a tricky offseason situation, as a free agent and as the top quarterback commodity available. However, those around the Raiders understand that Carr is attempting to receive a contract that is on par to that of what his peers have been given.
Carr stated he isn’t necessarily sure about a hometown discount, depending on the situation and what they are asking him to give up. However, Carr did state he has unfinished business with this franchise.
The offseason rehab has begun for the franchise quarterback, as he was spotted Monday morning working out while having a boot on his right foot. The California native was recently named the AFC West offensive player of the year.