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The Raiders Are Willing to Move WR Amari Cooper; But the Asking Price is High

The Raiders are reportedly seeking a first-round draft pick in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper according to Ian Rapoport of

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported that the team was interested in moving the former first-round pick before the October 30 trade deadline. Following Oakland’s blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in London, Gruden wouldn’t discuss whether the Raiders were looking to deal away Cooper, who suffered a concussion in the game. And any potential trade would be further complicated by the concussion Cooper suffered in Sunday’s blowout loss and his continued inconsistency.

Originally the No.4-overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Alabama, Cooper looked like a future Hall-of-Famer in his first two NFL seasons with back-to-back 1,000+-yard seasons but his play has deteriorated significantly since.

He has been plagued with drops and thus far has only 22 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns in 2018-although to be fair, every aspect of the team has been terrible since Gruden took over the helm last spring. It seems unimaginable that any team would pay Gruden’s asking price for a struggling player like Cooper.

What has become increasingly evident is Gruden’s determination to tear apart the Raiders organization and the roster put together by GM (now in name only) Reggie McKenzie.

Cooper was McKenzie’s 2015 first-round pick. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Khalil Mack, traded to the Chicago Bears during a contract holdout, was McKenzie’s 2014 first-round pick. Rumors abound that Gruden is shopping 2016 first-round safety Karl Joseph and he benched 2017 first-round CB Gareon Conley last week.

Starting quarterback Derek Carr, only a second-round pick, is disintegrating before our very eyes under Gruden’s tutelage. And if Gruden has any real plan to improve on or at least replace all this talent, it is not apparent. The only thing that seems apparent is that Gruden wants total control over a roster that only Gruden has selected.

Raiders at Chargers NFL Week Five Inactives

Here’s the week five inactives for the Raiders and Chargers


DE Shilique Calhoun
S Karl Joseph
WR Brandon LaFell
CB Nick Nelson
OG Kelechi Osemele
OG Ian Silberman
RB DeAndre Washington


OT Joe Barksdale
WR Travis Benjamin
DE Joey Bosa
WR J.J. Jones
OT Russell Okung
OT Cole Toner
LB Kyzir White

Talks Between Raiders and DE Khalil Mack Going Nowhere Fast

The situation between the Raiders and defensive end Khalil Mack remains at a standstill, Herbie Teope of reports.

Mack, who hasn’t reported to training camp, enters the final year of his contract on a fifth-year option, which pays a base salary of $13.8 million.

The Raiders, however, haven’t come forward with a present offer and there have been no contract discussions with Mack’s agent, Joel Segal, since February, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

The Raiders hope to improve defensively under coach Jon Gruden, but the unit simply isn’t the same without Mack.

Over the past four seasons, Mack has developed into one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers, totaling 40.5 sacks over the past four seasons. Mack, a three-time Pro Bowler, has garnered first-team All-Pro selections twice (2015-16) and was also named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.

In the meantime, Rapoport previously categorized the discussions as “tense” and it appears there won’t be any resolution any time soon.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to go through this,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “But his camp decided to do it this way … and Khalil is not the first guy to hold out. But we’ll get through this. But there is nothing really to report. He is going to hold out until he gets an extension, and that’s where we are.”

Raiders CB Gareon Conley Out Two Weeks with a Sore Hip

Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley is dealing with another training camp injury and is expected to miss at least two weeks because of a hip strain.

Conley has not practiced since the first day of training camp last week and only made a brief appearance Monday while the rest of the team worked out in pads.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden did not specify how long Conley’s recovery will take, but it seems certain that the 24th overall pick in 2017 will at least sit out the team’s first preseason game against Detroit on Aug. 10.

Raiders Place LT Donald Penn, DT Eddie Vanderdoes and P.J. Hall on PUP List

The Raiders have placed starting left tackle Donald Penn on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.

The Raiders also announced Tuesday that defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and rookie defensive tackle P.J. Hall are on the PUP list. The Raiders hold their first training camp practice on Friday.

Penn is recovering from a season-ending foot injury that forced him to undergo surgery and is not quite ready at the start of camp.

Vanderdoes tore his ACL in the final game of last season.

Hall’s injury is undisclosed.

New Raiders DC Paul Guenther Wants LB Bruce Irvin to Rush More in 2018

New Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther wants to use linebacker Bruce Irvin more as a pass rusher in 2018 according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.

Despite spending over 100 snaps in pass coverage last year, Irvin managed eight sacks after recording seven his first season in Oakland. His new coordinator thinks he can do even better this year. “I thought his best assets for us was to go forward rather than go backwards,” Guenther said.

“Hopefully, we can get him over a double-digit mark this year. That’s the goal for him.” Originally a first-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks out of West Virginia in 2012, the 30-year-old Irvin’s sack total in 2017 was his highest since his rookie season.

Raiders Ticket Prices for the New Stadium in Las Vegas Remain a Question Mark

The Raiders’ new stadium is going up rapidly — just as the price of game tickets and personal seat licenses surely will, Richard N. Velotta of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

While the team is happy to talk about the former, they aren’t as forthcoming about the latter.

“Let’s just say our sales and marketing people are extremely happy with the response the market has given us,” said Don Webb, chief operating officer of StadCo, the Raiders’ subsidiary building the $1.8 billion, 65,000-seat indoor football stadium at Interstate 15 and Russell Road.

Webb’s said his expertise is in overseeing stadium construction but not marketing. He didn’t comment on reports that premium seating for the stadium, including club seats and luxury boxes, are nearly sold out.

Fans who had appointments to hear presentations at the team’s preview center have called the Review-Journal to complain that their meetings have been canceled. A reporter’s request to sit in on a marketing presentation was declined.

Webb said he could not discuss details about the number of seat commitments made nor what the cost of personal seat licenses would be.

Personal seat licenses, or PSLs, are a fee teams charge to give people access to buy season tickets. While the Raiders have not disclosed PSL pricing — and thousands of people have already placed $100 deposits down to buy — the amount per license is expected to be in the thousands of dollars for premium seats.

Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Crows on the Signing of Former Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson

In a conference call with Raiders season-ticket members, Jon Gruden was asked about the need to improve the middle of the defense.

That’s when Gruden talked about his love of stealing players from the Chiefs, and brought up at least one player whom Kansas City fans still lament getting away, Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star reports.

“Well, we feel like we have solidified the middle of our defense big time,” Gruden said. “We added Derrick Johnson, the all-time leading tackler in Kansas City Chief history. He started every game for them last year, they were the division champions.”

“You throw out all the records whenever these teams play. There’s a lot of bad blood in the AFC West. But all we can control is ourselves. We’re not even going to worry about who are the favorites. We’re going to worry about the Oakland Raiders and bringing it every single week.”