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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 NFL.com.

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.


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