The Oakland Raiders finished the 2018 NFL season as one of the worst teams in the entire league. After handing Jon Gruden a hefty contract, the Raiders were hoping for a better start to the Gruden era, but were instead blessed with a 4-12 season.
After failing to find success in his first season with the Raiders, Gruden and company now own the No. 4 pick in the draft. While the 2019 NFL Draft is believed to be quarterback poor, the Raiders are in a position to land one of the best.
In order to do that though, they's have to be willing to move on from Derek Carr. Just two years removed from what some believed to be an MVP-caliber season, rumors of Carr's future with the team rang loud.
Until Thursday night. New general manager Mike Mayock was asked about the future of his starting quarterback and maintained that Carr is the man for the Raiders.
Mayock spoke with Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, via Pro Football Talk:
"When you look at 32 teams in this league, and there aren’t 32 starting quarterbacks, yet we have one of them. He’s a starting quarterback in the NFL. He can make every throw. We’ve got to do a better job of protecting him and giving him weapons. He played with two rookie tackles last year. We need to get more speed on offense. We need to be more dynamic."
It looks like Carr will be back in black and silver during the 2019 season. However, that could all change on draft night.