Derek Carr Writes Emotional Letter to Raiders Fans About Move From Oakland to Las Vegas

Bryan Brandom
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In 2016, Oakland Raiders fans were rewarded for their loyalty—after 14 seasons without making the playoffs, sophomore quarterback Derek Carr led the team to a 12-win season and their first postseason action since Rich Gannon and the 2002 iteration fell in Super Bowl XXXVII.

But the celebration wouldn't last long—an injury held Carr out of their matchup with the Houston Texans, a 27-14 loss. Things have gotten even worse since for Raiders fans. 

On Monday, 31 out of 32 team owners voted to approve the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas. The relocation needed 24 votes.

"I have mixed feelings; it's very bittersweet," said Raiders owner Mark Davis. "I understand [Oakland fans] will be angry and disappointed. I want them to know that I do understand that it's emotional. Raider Nation is the greatest fan base in the world and we're going to build something to make them proud.

"But I also want them to give as much support to the team as possible as we attempt to bring a championship to the Bay Area."

The team will play the 2017 season in Oakland, and could remain there for 2018.

Carr responded to the announcement by penning an emotional letter to Raiders fans.

The Miami Dolphins were the lone holdout in the vote. Owner Stephen Ross said he voted with Raiders fans in mind.

"My position today was that we as owners and as a league owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us until all options have been exhausted," Ross said in a statement. "I want to wish Mark Davis and the Raiders organization the best in Las Vegas."