While Tafur disclosed he spoke to seven players not willing to go on the record, one veteran spoke freely on the current locker room environment.
With the Raiders seemingly open to trading anyone and everyone, Jon Gruden was asked on Wednesday about the possibility of Carr getting dealt before the trade deadline.
"The Mack trade was a real stiff jab", another anonymous player said. "But the Cooper one was like a knockout punch, especially because we had just walked back in the door from the bye". He did, however, speak with ESPN and say the Raiders are done dealing and are "trying to stay competitive".
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"You have to wonder if we haven't been playing for draft picks all along", one player said. "Despite everything the coaches told us at training camp". According to McKenzie, trading players away makes sense for the Raiders because it gives them a "great opportunity to build". I think many of us realize we won't be here next year.
"I think there's a lot of us that need to get better, we're 1-5, and Seattle was ugly", Smith said.
"Attacking his character, attacking him as a leader on this football team is a joke", Lee stated sternly.
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With three first-round picks in 2019, it's hard to blame them.
"Nobody was happy when we traded Khalil". How could you be? " Smith said. "You never ever want to trade elite, homegrown talent". The Athletic's John Middlekauff was reporting that Gruden was listening to offers on Mack long before anyone was interested in listening and he seems to be saying the same is happening with Carr. They are now loaded with five first-round draft picks over the next two years - but it's cost them this season. They witnessed him explain on the sidelines.
The New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars stand out as teams who could have some interest in Carr, and Gruden did suggest the Raiders weren't shopping Cooper before the Cowboys apparently upped the ante.
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The story from The Athletic came a day after the publication reported quarterback Derek Carr has a "fractured relationship" with teammates stemming from a perceived lack of toughness by the QB.