"[Raiders owner Mark Davis] let me know that he's not gonna be bringing me back", Del Rio said to the media, via ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.
The foundation, apparently, crumbled in a matter of months.
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During a 6-10 finish in 2017 that resulted in a third-place finish in the AFC West, the Raiders struggled under offensive coordinator Todd Downing, fueled by a mediocre passing attack and a ground game that lingered near the bottom of the National Football League rankings all season despite the Raiders' big-money commitments to offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele, Gabe Jackson and Donald Penn.
Del Rio revealed this news to the media after the game. The Raiders got next to nothing out of their first- and second-round draft picks as cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Obi Melifonwu played a combined seven games and both ended the season on injured reserve. The offense, including Derek Carr, performed poorly throughout the season.
This year...ugh. Carr wasn't great. Other marks, like completion percentage and yards per attempt, saw a dip.