Jon Gruden is having a fire sale. He got rid of his best defensive player, Kahlil Mack, to Chicago for a first rounder. Michael Crabtree left for Baltimore. And now Amari Cooper, a former 1st round draft pick (#4 overall) just a few years ago by Oakland, has just been traded to the Dallas Cowboys, in exchange for a first round pick in the 2019 draft.
Is Gruden a genius here, selling off pieces that he doesn't exactly 100% like for his team, in exchange for a handful of 1st round picks? Or is this just a dysfunctional mess? The Raiders are 1-5 at this point in the season, well on their way to getting a top 5, perhaps even the #1 draft pick next year just on poor record alone.
Gruden signed a $100 million, 10 year coaching contract. That's absurd to me. Though I think the amount of money and length has more to do with the timing of the Raiders franchise.. they are about to move to Las Vegas in 2020.
All of this seems like the Raiders do not care in the slightest about this season. And maybe not even next year. This is all a long term set up play for future and potential success for 2020 and beyond when they play in a brand new city and brand new stadium in Vegas.
Granted Amari Cooper wasn't really a star player, putting up #1 WR stats every week. Cooper has a bad rep for dropping passes and is a fairly inconsistent and unproven so-called 'elite' wide receiver in this league. So the fact that the Raiders got a #1 for him I think was smart. And for the Cowboys to pay that for Amari, while they passed on Calvin Ridley in the first round of the 2018 draft, is dumbfounding to me.
I really hope the Cowboys see something in Amari that makes them feel he is a better fit for Dallas and Dak, than Oakland and Carr. But I just don't. I can't help shake the fact the Cowboys could have had Dez Bryant lined up alongside Calvin Ridley every week, and instead ended up with Allen Hurns and Amari Cooper. .. Here's hoping Michael Gallup continues to turn into a true #1/2. And that Brice Butler can elevate things as well. As good as Cole Beasley is, he is no #1 or #2, just a great #3.
Wut.... : / That's insane. That is more than majority of coaches in the NFL make, right?
As for everything else; Maybe the owners/management are setting up to do what the Cheifs/Andy Reid did a couple years ago with cleaning house, getting a whole new team, and adding Alex Smith.
I don't know enough about this coach to think he's that smart though. What Andy Reid did was amazing. It kind of looks like they're doing that, just a little out of order.
Either that or they are getting rid of all their star players so they can start fresh in Vegas. That would be a stupid reason to drop your star athletes though.