Gruden loves to be a Raider, just like Carr.
The only player willing to speak on the record was tight end Lee Smith, saying he was "concerned" for his teammates that could be traded any minute because they're losing interest in playing football under Gruden.
"I think many of us realize we won't be here next year, " another player told The Athletic. "Despite everything the coaches told us at training camp".
But Gruden also said Mack and Cooper wouldn't be traded, so the head coach has proven himself to not be the most trustworthy source on the matter, even though he'll be the one making the decision.
Rob: I wondered that too - not just that he was the one cut, but that he got so few snaps these last few weeks.
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"Certainly, I don't see us trading our quarterback". And nobody is happy that we traded Amari. But practically any veteran player could be on the move before next Tuesday's trade deadline, up to and including quarterback Derek Carr. " Smith said. "You never ever want to trade elite, homegrown talent".
Rob: Cooper will be here through at least 2019 because of the fifth-year option on his rookie contract with the Raiders. Smith said that approach could be a "learning opportunity" for the team.
Two weeks ago, Derek Carr could be seen shedding tears in the final minutes of the loss in London against the Seahawks. And having five first-rounders in the next two years is pretty good.
A report from The Athletic questioned whether Carr is still considered a leader in the Raiders locker room, but Smith wasn't afraid to share his opinion of Carr in a fiery rant to reporters Wednesday. "If guys have a problem with this trade, they can go sit in his office and tell him".