Jon Gruden Denies Report They’re Shopping WR Amari Cooper In Trade Talks


On Sunday, Raiders HC Jon Gruden told reporters after that they aren’t shopping WR Arami Cooper in trade talks, despite the report that surfaced earlier in the day.

“I don’t know,” Gruden said, per Scott Bair. “I haven’t heard that. I’m not. I’m not. I’m just sorry to have to deal with a lot of these reports. I just hope Amari’s OK. Like I said, he’s going to be a big part of our pass offense.”

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Sunday that the Raiders have been shopping WR Amari Cooper and S Karl Joseph around in trade talks.

Earlier in the day, Jason La Canfora reported that Oakland was attempting to trade Joseph and looking to part ways with S Obi Meifonwu, who is currently on injured reserve, and veteran LB Derrick Johnson.

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.

Cooper, 24, is a former No. 4 overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama in the 2015 NFL Draft. He is entering the final year of his four-year, $22.7 million fully guaranteed rookie contract and is set to earn a base salary of  $705,000 for 2018 to go along with a $2,825,426 roster bonus.

The Raiders picked up Cooper’s fifth-year option back in April, which will cost them $13,924,000 for the 2019 season.

In 2018, Cooper has appeared in five games for the Raiders and caught 22 passes for 280 yards receiving and one touchdown. He has also rushed for nine yards on one carry.

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