Jack Del Rio Agrees to 4-Year Contract Extension with Raiders

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24:  Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Oakland Raiders looks up at the scoreboard as quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders is helped off the field with a broken leg against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter on December 24, 2016 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 33-25.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders and head coach Jack Del Rio have agreed to a new contract after the Silver and Black boss helped lead the franchise to a 12-win season for the first time since 2000.

Raiders owner Mark Davis announced the decision Friday, per John Dickinson of 957 The Game:

Del Rio signed a four-year deal when he accepted the Raiders job in January 2015, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, and he's exceeded expectations since arriving in the Bay Area.

The Raiders finished one win shy of .500 in 2015; their 7-9 finish gave them as many victories as the franchise compiled during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns combined.

Oakland used that year as a springboard, and the result was a 2016 season filled with prosperity.

Although their season ended prematurely in the postseason after quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula in Week 16, the Raiders looked like legitimate AFC title contenders when he was healthy.

All told, the Raiders finished the year ranked seventh in scoring offense (26 points per game) and sixth in total offense (373.3 yards per game).

The defense lagged behind and allowed a 26th-ranked average of 375.1 yards per game, but if that unit can progress toward the league average as the offense continues to evolve under Carr's watch, Del Rio should have the Raiders back in the Super Bowl conversation again next season.