Oakland Raiders mock draft: Rebuilding the foundation

26 October, 2018, 07:17 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Carr denies 'fractured relationship&apos with Raiders team-mates

Unsurprisingly, it does not sound like the Amari Cooper trade is going over well in the Raider locker room. So any assertion Gruden makes about trades has to be taken with a grain of salt, but he made one to reporters on Wednesday anyway. "Derek is always going to come in here and tell us when he needs to play better, that's something that he does on a daily basis".

Multiple players, speaking to The Athletic under condition of anonymity, expressed frustration that they didn't hear about Monday's trade of Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys from Gruden, instead learning about the deal from media reports. Though, Gruden tells ESPN's Chris Mortensen and affirmed that Derek Carr would be safe and they are "not trading anyone else", and "trying to stay competitive". "But the Cooper one was like a knockout punch, especially because we had just walked back in the door from the bye [week]". "I didn't see us making a trade the other day". The players want to win today and not think about X years from now. "Certainly, I don't see us trading our quarterback".

As the National Football League trade deadline gets closer to its conclusion Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, teams are seeing what deals they can get to improve their team or stock draft picks for next year. The Athletic's John Middlekauff was reporting that Gruden was listening to offers on Mack long before anyone was interested in listening and he seems to be saying the same is happening with Carr.

The New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars stand out as teams who could have some interest in Carr, and Gruden did suggest the Raiders weren't shopping Cooper before the Cowboys apparently upped the ante. It's no secret that he got a 10-year contract. Smith added that this could be a learning opportunity for the players. And having five first-rounders in the next two years is pretty good. But at least Gruden has a lot of draft picks to potentially waste next year.

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