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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr didn't learn about Amari Cooper's trade to the Dallas Cowboys until after practice Monday, his brother, David, said on NFL Network.

According to David Carr, Cooper was pulled from practice, and Derek wasn't told about the trade until he returned to the locker room. The longtime teammates ultimately got to say good-bye to each other, and Raiders coach Jon Gruden informed his QB of the team's plan, the elder Carr said.

"But Derek did say the future will be bright because of the first-round picks they are acquiring," the former NFL QB said Monday, "because of the things they're trying to build, and Derek's part of the nucleus, as we know. ...

"There's some interior offensive linemen there that are going to be there, and Jon has made it clear to Derek ... they're gonna build around those guys and make something happen." 

Guards Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele both are younger than 30, as is center Rodney Hudson. The Raiders also drafted tackles Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker in the first and third round, respectively, in April's draft. 

That should give both Carrs some reassurance. On Friday, David Carr told 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce that he was concerned Gruden viewed his younger brother as a trade chip. 

"Well, that's the thing you kind of have to worry about, honestly," Carr said at the time. "[If] you look at his track record, Jon hasn't consistently kept guys around. He has consistently traded guys. ... But you never know. You literally never know in the NFL. And when a guy has as much power as Jon does to make the decisions, he's gonna make the decisions he feels are best, and you're not gonna really have any say in it."

 

The Carrs might not be fully comfortable until the Oct. 30 trade deadline passes. Although Gruden told ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Monday that the Raiders are done dealing, general manager Reggie McKenzie implied otherwise.