Jon Gruden finally did something at the helm of the Oakland Raiders that wasn't completely boneheaded, offloading wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round draft pick.
The head coach won't have vindicated himself entirely until the pick is used to improve the Raiders' future fortunes in real terms, but for now, it's a positive step.
Facing the media for the first time since the deal was announced, Coach Chucky hit all the right notes.
Jon Gruden on the Amari Cooper trade:— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 22, 2018
"I hate to see good players go... I was on the practice field when Reggie came to me and said #Cowboys would do a first and I said let's do it. We now have five No. 1 picks in the next two years so I'm excited about that." (via @mortreport)
It's clear that Oakland is entering full-on rebuilding mode, and with the trade came instant speculation that additional established players could be on the move. For his part, the head coach wanted to head all that off at the pass vis-a-vis one player in particular, franchise quarterback Derek Carr.
When I mentioned Derek Carr, Gruden was quick and to the point: "We're not trading anyone else. We're trying to stay competitive and figure out a way to compete this next game (against the Colts." #Raiders— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) October 22, 2018
It's hard to take Gruden 100 percent at his word that zero other players are going to be traded. If front office boss Reggie McKenzie gets an offer he can't refuse for a guy like Gareon Conley, perhaps, it could be open season.