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The second Jon Gruden era for the Oakland Raiders has not gotten off to the best of starts. The Raiders sit at 1-5 on the season and, after a 27-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday, it appears that the team has problems at nearly every position on the field.


The problems aren't exactly new, as they began the season with the ill-advised trade of Khalil Mack leaving the team with essentially no pass rush.


But it looks like the Mack trade wasn't the last big name that Gruden wants to ship out.  

That's two more former first-rounders on the trading block for the Raiders. While the Mack trade looks bad, at the very least they made the trade because they didn't want to pay him. The Raiders weren't going to get any production out of Mack if he kept holding out. Obviously, they should have paid him, but that's a different conversation altogether.


For Cooper and Joseph, they'd be trading players that are still under contract. Both players have another year on their rookie deals and Joseph even has a fifth-year option available in 2020.

While Gruden has denied that Cooper is on the block, it could be the injury he suffered on Sunday that shifted the narrative. 

Cooper is coming off a down year in 2017, where he only had 48 receptions for 680 yards and seven touchdowns. Through six games, he sits at 22 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdown putting the wideout as a fridge fantasy starter, at best. He's had ​two monster games and four complete busts and, now with the trade rumors, it's hard to think that Cooper will suddenly pick up his production.

For Raiders fans, this is starting to look like a lost season. But if Gruden is going to continue to clean house, they just have to hope he gets more back than he got for Mack and that the coach/GM is putting the Raiders in a good spot moving forward. 


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