Jon Gruden Reported to Have Been Speaking to QBs

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The Raiders have been in the headlines constantly ever since Jon Gruden took over as the head coach right before the end of the 2017 season. He received an astounding 10 year, $100 million contract. Signed players past their prime (Jordy Nelson 32, Dwayne Harris 30, Doug Martin 29). And traded away two star pieces in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for a total of three first-round picks in return, leading the team to a 4-12 record. In the midst of trading Mack and Cooper, quarterback Derek Carr was also rumored to be moved. Regardless of the rumors in the media, Jon Gruden backed Carr and said he liked what he saw in his quarterback. If this is true, why has Gruden been speaking with several top quarterback prospects?

Gruden was a part of the coaching staff at this year’s Senior Bowl. And was heard speaking highly of several prospects. The proclaimed “overrated”  Duke quarterback Daniel Jones got a huge vote of confidence from the Oakland coach after saying Jones was a sure-fire first-round pick. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier met with Gruden and also received first-round praise. It seems like the one player that is helping shift the coach’s focus away from Carr and to a new option is the highly popular Heisman winner, Kyler Murray. Murray is blowing away Gruden’s outlook of what he thought was a “prototype” quarterback.

It is also looking more likely that the Raiders will draft a quarterback with one of their three first-round selections and keep Carr on the roster. Think of what Kansas City did a few years ago when they drafted Patrick Mahomes, kept Alex Smith as the starter, and then traded away Smith after leading the team to the playoffs after a fantastic season. Granted, Carr is no Smith and is not likely to take the Raiders to the playoffs in 2019. Carr’s contract has him under the Raiders’ control through 2022, but it could end early as there were several tense altercations between the quarterback and coach. The team would also save $15 million and only take a $7 million hit if they were to release Carr.

No matter what happens with the Raiders during the offseason and draft, it will surely be a must-see show with Gruden as the ringmaster.