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Oakland Raiders reward Jack Del Rio with four-year extension

Jack Del Rio got his old deal tore up
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Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio got a new deal on Friday, according to a team announcement.

Raiders owner Mark Davis released a statement that said the team tore up Del Rio’s original deal and rewarded him with a new four-year deal.

The contract’s financial details are not yet known, according to ESPN.

Davis added that the Raiders are excited to build on the established foundation and extending Del Rio was a step in achieving that goal.

The Raiders owner was not the only one excited about Del Rio’s extension. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr took to Twitter to congratulate his coach.

In his second season as head coach, Del Rio led the Raiders to their first playoff berth in 14 seasons. The Raiders finished 12-4 in 2016 after going 7-9 in Del Rio’s first season in Oakland.

Del Rio previously spent three seasons as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator. Otherwise, he was the Jacksonville Jaguars coach from 2003-11, where he compiled a 68-71 record.

If Del Rio lasts through the 2017-18 season, he will become the longest tenured Raiders coach since Jon Gruden. Gruden coached Oakland from 1998-2001, but no coach has lasted through their third season since. Del Rio was hired as the 15th head coach in franchise history in January of 2015.

He got four votes for the AP’s NFL coach of the year, during last week’s NFL Honors. Del Rio also won the Greasy Neal Professional Coach of the Year Award.

 

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