Coming on the heels of Gruden's blockbuster trade of star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to the Bears for a pair of first-round picks, the Cooper trade sent the message to the team that the Raiders are already looking ahead to next year and beyond.
The Raiders (1-5) are coming off a bye week and have only one win this season against the Browns on September 30.
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.
"I think many of us realize we won't be here next year, " another player told The Athletic.
If this report is at all true about teammates losing confidence in Carr, then Jon Gruden has a lot more healing to do in that locker room besides explaining to his current players as to why he keeps trading their teammates away.
"You have to wonder if we haven't been playing for draft picks all along", the player told Tafur.
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Tight end Lee Smith was willing to discuss the trades on the record, saying he was concerned that a number of his teammates may lose interest in the 2018 season. "How could you be?" But Coach Gruden is thinking long term.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on Monday said Cooper's trade was to help his team through a "great opportunity" despite the notion that they may be throwing games to help their drafting position in 2019.
Smith told The Athletic that Gruden has an "open-door policy" and that players could express their concerns to the coach if they have them. "Our job is to play football".
Smith called the report "the biggest joke" he's ever seen and reiterated the support Oakland has for Carr.