Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Raiders' Carr has 'fractured relationship' with teammates

Raiders' Carr has 'fractured relationship' with teammates

The Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, eight days after Gruden had said Cooper wasn't being shopped and a few months after voicing plans to build the offense around the wideout.

And while management isn't often required to answer to employees in any work environment, there appears to be a rising concern among numerous veteran players in the Raiders' locker room over accountability, specifically as it pertains to head coach Jon Gruden.

"The Mack trade was a real stiff jab", another anonymous player said. "But the Cooper one was like a knockout punch, especially because we had just walked back in the door from the bye. 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".

Just when we thought the situation in Oakland couldn't get any worse, it amazingly continues to get worse.

Unlike for his players, job security is not an issue for Gruden as he signed a 10-year contract before this season and is a favorite of Oakland owner Mark Davis.

He added: "The attacking of our strongest leader and the strongest man in our locker room is absolute horsesh-". And I know how hard guys work all year. "Hopefully, these last 10 games, the young players on this team watch and learn how to play hard and be a pro in times of adversity".

"Nobody was happy when we traded Khalil". Smith said. "You never ever want to trade elite, homegrown talent".

Gruden was expected to address the Cooper trade with the team on Wednesday, after Tuesday's day off.

The relationship between the Raiders quarterback and his teammates is "fractured", leading some inside the organization to conclude he's no longer the quarterback of the future, The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II reported Monday, citing team sources.

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