There has been plenty of speculation regarding Derek Carr’s future with the Oakland Raiders, but it appears general manager Mike Mayock is on board with what he brings to the table.
It is no secret the Raiders have ushered in a full-fledged rebuild after trading away nearly all of their Pro Bowl talent in exchange for picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Carr was one of the few that head coach Jon Gruden decided to keep around for the 2018 NFL season.
The Raiders have since brought in Gruden’s counterpart in the front office to help him navigate through their current struggles. It seems Mayock likes what he sees in Carr.
According to Kevin Patra of Around the NFL, Mayock believes that team already has its franchise quarterback:
“I think Derek Carr is a franchise quarterback,” Mayock said. “I truly believe that. Now, do I also believe that it’s a general manager and head coach’s job to keep their job open to improve any position on a football team? Sure. But I think it’s really difficult to try to improve over a franchise quarterback like the one we have in our building right now.”
There is no question that Carr will be happy to hear the praise from Mayock. This type of security will certainly go a long way in helping him focus on improving his play for the Raiders moving forward.
More importantly, there is plenty of truth to Mayock’s comments since Carr was the most stabilizing factor in an otherwise lackluster Raiders offense. He threw for 4,049 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions this season.
Although Carr’s numbers were not the strongest, they were impressive considering all the massive holes on offense. Considering the lack of depth at quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Raiders might be better off using their picks to surround him with as much talent as possible this offseason.