Raiders’ Coach Jon Gruden Rules Out the Possibility of Trading QB Derek Carr

Raiders' QB Derek Carr in 2017.
Raiders' QB Derek Carr in 2017. Photo by Manny Flores/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9027834ag)

After 1-5 start of the 2018 season, Oakland Raiders decided to start a rebuilding process which could see most of their star players getting traded for draft picks. After Raiders parted ways with All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack before the start of the season and recently decided to deal Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper as well, most people think that quarterback Derek Carr could be next on the list.

Well, that is not the case according to Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden, who said that he “doesn’t see” the team making more trades and ruled out the possibility of trading Carr.

I don’t see us making any more trades,” – Gruden told reporters on Wednesday. “I didn’t see us making a trade the other day. I really didn’t. But sometimes, like I said, your plans change whether you like it or not. You don’t know who’s going to call you and what they’re going to say, you really don’t. … I don’t see us making any more trades. But I’ll never say never again to anybody.

I don’t see us making any more trades,” – he repeated when asked whether he will deal Carr. “Certainly, I don’t see us trading our quarterback.”

While it seemed that Oakland Raiders are dedicated to having Derek Carr as their franchise quarterback, his status may have changed since Jon Gruden took over. Thanks to the Mack and Copper trades, Raiders now have five first-round picks in the next two years, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they spend one on a talented quarterback if Carr doesn’t step up and improve his play.

In the first six games of 2018, Carr completed 71.7 of his passes for 1,783 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had eight interceptions during the same period.