Carr, 27, has led the Raiders to a 1-5 start to the season, and the team's prospects are much bleaker than they were in 2016 when they went 12-4, earning consideration as budding Super Bowl contenders.
Veteran players who spoke with Tafur indicated they don't believe Gruden when he says he is not tanking in 2018.
"You have to wonder if we haven't been playing for draft picks all along", the player said.
What has gone on with the Oakland Raiders since Jon Gruden was hired on as the team's head coach for 10 years, $100 million is absolutely insane. Plus, they were even more frustrated learning about the trade from the media rather than their own head coach.
Two weeks ago, Derek Carr could be seen shedding tears in the final minutes of the loss in London against the Seahawks.
Cooper, for example, was pulled off the practice field Monday and Gruden didn't inform the team of the trade after the workout session. Otherwise, the Raiders likely will consider trading him ahead of the October 30 deadline or cutting him during the 2019 waiver period.
It's all about accountability, and right now the players on the Silver and Black - according to Smith - have no problem looking in the mirror and facing the reality of the situation. If they can't, Gruden will have a hard choice to make at QB, as the team has three first-round draft picks in 2019.
"Nobody was happy when we traded Khalil".
"To ever insinuate there's an issue inside this locker room with our leader and our captain is the biggest joke I've ever seen, and I've been around this league my whole life", Smith said. And having five first-rounders in the next two years is pretty good.