La Canfora: Derek Carr Won't Be A Raider In 2019

Jason La Canfora doesn't think Derek Carr will make it to the NFL Combine, much less Las Vegas

October 16, 2018 - 9:03 am

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Jon Gruden’s second era in Oakland is going, well, not great. The Raiders are 1-5 and don’t figure to be competitive anytime soon – which is why Gruden is reportedly trying to trade away his top players.

“He’s going to want to remake that (team) in his image with his people and the way he wants it,” NFL on CBS insider Jason La Canfora said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s going to want young guys that he drafted who are untouched by other football minds. He doesn’t want to have to correct other people’s mistakes. He’s going to want this to be as Gruden-centric as possible. If they’re not going to be good for two or three more years until they get settled in Vegas, then I think he’s going to tear it down and get rid of everybody who he thinks has value now – and especially recent high picks by Reggie McKenzie. Those guys make a lot of money.”

Given that Gruden let Khalil Mack walk, perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising.

“Someone should do a counter on how much salary he trades out the door,” La Canfora said. “Khalil Mack got his $125 million somewhere else. He’s gone. You’ve got guys like Karl Joseph, a recent first-round pick making $3-4 million a year. He’s trying to get rid of him. I think he’ll trade Gareon Conley. I think he’d be willing to trade Amari Cooper. And the real one will come in 2019.”

The “real one” is you-know-who.

“I don’t think Derek Carr makes it through the Combine next year,” La Canfora said. “He’ll officially be on the Raiders roster because no trade can formally be consummated until the league year in March, but I think Derek Carr is a New York Giant or a Miami Dolphin or maybe a Tampa Bay Buc. He’s somewhere else next year."