Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Raiders Players Call Jon Gruden's Trade of Amari Cooper a "Knockout Punch"

Raiders Players Call Jon Gruden's Trade of Amari Cooper a

Players later learned about the trade by checking their phones, and Gruden still had not addressed the team about it as of Tuesday.

During an interview this week, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie left the door wide open when it comes to the possibility that the Raiders might pull off another deal or two before the NFL's trade deadline on October 30.

Before this season started, Oakland traded All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears in exchange for draft picks. "We didn't want to believe it was coming, and Coach said we weren't going to trade him". According to Tafur, some Raiders aren't so sure.

"I think many of us realize we won't be here next year", one said.

"You have to wonder if we haven't been playing for draft picks all along", the player told Tafur.

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"Nobody was happy when we traded Khalil. How could you be?" It's no secret that he got a 10-year contract. He made a ton of moves in the offseason, and the two big trades leave Oakland with five first-round picks over the next two years.

On top of that drama is a report from Marcus Thompson II of that states Raiders QB Derek Carr has a "fractured relationship" with his teammates. Cooper was pulled out of practice but Gruden didn't tell the players anything about the deal after practice was done. Smith added that this could be a learning opportunity for the players.

Veteran players who spoke with Tafur indicated they don't believe Gruden when he says he is not tanking in 2018.

For what it's worth, plenty of professional football players have cried on the field.

When his brother, Darren, took to Twitter to defend Derek, the Raiders quarterback responded to deny that he ever cried.

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