While their future longterm home may be in question, one thing is certain: the Oakland Raiders found their franchise players in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Just about an hour after fifth-overall pick Khalil Mack was named Associated Press' Defensive Player of the Year for his stellar season, Raiders' 2014 36th-overall pick and franchise quarterback Derek Carr was named Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year.
Carr was an MVP candidate all season long before having his fibular broken in week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts. The third-year quarterback became invaluable to the Raiders as he led the sixth-rank offense and overall team to their first playoff berth in 14 years.
Carr made NFL history this year by becoming the first quarterback to have five game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter or overtime in a season. He also set a Raiders franchise record with seven fourth-quarter comeback or game-winning drives this season. His heroics earned him Clutch Performer of the Week awards four times in 2016.
The Raiders have been searching for their franchise quarterback since Rich Gannon, but there's no doubt that they have found him in Carr. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has already said the front office is working on an extension for their quarterback, so expect Carr to lead the Silver & Black for years to come.