Raiders may be in teardown mode already

Raiders may be in teardown mode already

Khalil Mack. Not the affordable old stars, like Michael Crabtree. Not any draft pick prior to the 2018 class. And not even presumed franchise quarterback Derek Carr, who is absolutely in the midst of a job interview and has a contract that can easily be shed starting this offseason.’ data-reactid=”18″>Not general manager Reggie McKenzie. Not the remainder of the personnel department. Not the high-priced young stars, like All-Pro “program guy” Khalil Mack. Not the affordable old stars, like Michael Crabtree. Not any draft pick prior to the 2018 class. And not even presumed franchise quarterback Derek Carr, who is absolutely in the midst of a job interview and has a contract that can easily be shed starting this offseason.

Given all of that perspective, it turns out Davis was right. Hiring Gruden was a big f’ing deal. Because Gruden gladly embraced the green light to remodel a seemingly well-positioned franchise. And he’s not even close to being done, with an opportunity to gut the remainder of the Oakland roster between now and March – effectively shifting toward a Las Vegas renaissance in 2020.

knocked out of Sunday’s game with a head injury.’ data-reactid=”34″>As it stands, Cooper is heading toward playing under a fifth-year option in 2019 that will pay him $13.9 million, which may already be too rich for Gruden’s taste when compared against Cooper’s injury-riddled production in his past 20 NFL games (960 receiving yards and eight touchdowns). He was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a head injury.

Those numbers are important because Gruden didn’t want to pay Mack a huge extension at a time when his numbers and impact placed him amongst the league’s elite. Cooper’s production isn’t anywhere near as impressive, yet some other teams will unquestionably value him as one of the best young wide receivers in the game.

Translated, it’s pretty simple: If the Raiders weren’t willing to pay Mack when he deserved to be amongst the league’s elite in salary, why would they change their tune for Cooper, who hasn’t been nearly as consistent over the length of his career?

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