A number of Oakland Raiders players are unhappy with the way that coach Jon Gruden handled star-boxer Amari Cooper's blockbuster trade, according to a report by The Athletic
Several players spoke to The Athletic on the condition of anonymity, frustration expressed that they had learned nothing about Cooper's dealings with the Dallas Cowboys of Gruden, instead of media coverage of the deal.
Derek Carr has tweeted that he likes to play for the Oakland Raiders and that he loves "the fight to fight for our city when not many people believe in us."
The Raiders will play in Las Vegas in 2020 but do not have a plan for 2019 yet. Opportunities range from Levi's Stadium to Arizona.
The Raiders say they will not rebuild, refuel, and after trading Amari Cooper, they'll have five first-round picks in two years to build a foundation.
2 Related  The Raiders who have received a first-round pick from the Cowboys, Cooper less than two months after trading star-pass-rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears in a deal involving two first-round picks sent back to Oakland.
"The Mack trade was a real stiff jab," said one player, The Athletic. "But the Cooper was a knockout, especially because we had just walked back in the door, we did not want to believe it would come, and Coach said we would not trade it."  Gruden is expected to appeal to the team on Wednesday before training the Raiders (1-5). One player wondered if he would join the Raiders next week. The NFL Dealing Deadline is Tuesday
"I think many of us know we will not be here next year," the player told The Athletic. "We are just waiting to see if we will be here next week."
Another player asked if rebuilding the Raiders was not always the long-term plan for Gruden who signed a $ 100 million 10-year contract
"One has to wonder if we have not always been for have played a draft, "said the player. "Despite what the coaches told us at the training camp."
Tight End Lee Smith was ready to discuss the trades on the record, worried that some of his teammates might lose interest in the 2018 season. Smith said players are more concerned about winning than they will in years to come and wondering how they can offset that with the Raiders' trades.
"Nobody was happy when we exchanged Khalil and nobody is happy that we have traded Amari?" Smith said. "You never want to be an elite talent from your own country, but coach Gruden thinks long term, it's no secret that he has a 10-year contract, and having five first division clubs over the next two years is pretty good."  Raiders manager Reggie McKenzie said on Monday that Cooper trading is about helping the team through a "great opportunity" and that there are no plans to arm the rest of the season.
McKenzie said he would not define anyone on the list as untouchable, but Gruden told ESPN Chris Mortensen later on Monday, when asked if quarterback Derek Carr was available, that the Raiders "did not act anyone else" and that they try to stay competitive.
Smith told The Athletic that Gruden has an "open-door policy" and players can communicate their concerns to the coach if they have him. Smith added that this could be a learning opportunity for the players.
"Our job is not to consider what Coach Gruden and Reggie McKenzie are doing," Smith said. "Our job is to play football, hopefully the young players will watch this team over the last 10 games and learn how to play hard and be a pro in times of need."