Jason La Canfora, citing league sources, reports that there’s a “deep divide” between Raiders HC Jon Gruden and the holdovers in Oakland’s front office after Gruden began to purge the roster of several top picks.
According to La Canfora, the Raiders are currently shopping former first-round S Karl Joseph around the league in trade rumors after he’s struggled with injuries since entering the league and has fallen out of favor with the new coaching staff. Unfortunately for the Raiders, La Canfora says that any return for Joseph is likely to be limited at this point.
Sources have also told La Canfora that Oakland will likely part ways with S Obi Meifonwu, who is currently on injured reserve, and they willing to move on from veteran LB Derrick Johnson, whom they signed during free agency.
“It may not be the Wild, Wild West out there like it was with Al (former owner Al Davis), who would be willing to do anything (at the deadline),” an AFC executive tells La Canfora. “But then again, it just might.”
Interestingly enough, La Canfora adds that a growing number of GMs suspect Gruden may be open to entertaining trade offers for QB Derek Carr in 2019, especially if they find themselves in position to draft a quarterback next year.
Joseph, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Raiders back in 2016. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $11.88 million contract and set to make base salaries of $1.53 million and $2.07 million over the next two years of the agreement.
The Raiders have a fifth-year to pick up on Joseph in 2019.
In 2018, Joseph has appeared in three games for the Raiders, but has yet to record a statistic.