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Thursday Charles Woodson announced to the world that he was leaving ESPN where he had been a desk anchor for three years. And there is no logical reason why ESPN would have made that decision as CWood is well liked Isaiah Johnson Jersey 2019 , has a great on-camera presence, and is headed to the Hall of Fame in a couple years. ESPN loves it when their current employees are inducted into the Hall of Fame.No, CWood it seems unlikely would leave unless he had something else lined up. He ended his farewell message to ESPN with “I’ll see you next season somewhere. Stay tuned.”My first thought was another TV gig. He was always destined for TV, which is why ESPN snatched him up with a quickness immediately following his retirement in 2015. But maybe Woodson has other plans. Maybe he wants to take a shot at coaching?It wasn’t so long ago we saw Jon Gruden as someone who wouldn’t leave the booth. Likewise it was hard to envision Mike Mayock stepping away from being the most respected draft analyst in the world. But both ended up joining the Raiders.When Gruden first started entertaining the idea of returning to the sideline, he said the only team he would coach for was the Raiders. He felt like he had unfinished business in Oakland after the unceremonious ending that saw him traded to Tampa for two first round picks.Woodson was among those in attendance for Gruden’s introductory press conference in Alameda as Gruden was the head coach in Oakland when Woodson was drafted and was the starting cornerback for all four years Gruden was Raiders head coach. And they shared a network for two years. Woodson was the first player Gruden mentioned among the many greatson hand that day.Back in 2013, Charles Woodson was 36 years old and had just been released by the Packers. He wasn’t ready to end his career, so he took a few visits. When he got to Oakland, he had a mob of excited fans ready to keep him from leaving. And he signed on, playing three more seasons, not missing a start.For Woodson, it was also a return to the place he spent the first 8 years of his career, playing for fans who adored him, and just up the road from his winery in Napa. The Ohio native had become a California guy.Three days ago, when the news was flying around about whether the Raiders would play in Oakland or Santa Clara next season, Woodson chimed in with his support for the team to stay in Oakland for its final season before leaving for Las Vegas in 2020. “LET’S DO IT” he said in all caps.“LET’S”Even with his ardent support for Jon Gruden, the Raiders and the City of Oakland, the Raiders already had a Defensive Backs coach. Derrick Ansley, who was hired away from Alabama to join Gruden’s staff was in place. Yeah, about that...Friday multiple reports had Ansley taking the Co-Defensive Coordinator job at the University of Tennessee. Could it be? ... Is it possible? ... These two job changes are related? Could Charles Woodson be joining the Raiders coaching staff? Is he even ready to handle that job? We may soon find out.Follow @LeviDamien ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Soon after Jon Gruden arrived for his second stint as Oakland Raiders coach last winter he called Amari Cooper a “focal point” of the offense and pointed to Khalil Mack as a reason why he came back to coaching.Less than two months into his first season back in Oakland, both former Pro Bowlers are gone.The Raiders returned from the bye week Monday and immediately made another big trade, dealing Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 first-round pick. That trade follows the one made just over a week before the start of the season that sent Mack to Chicago for a package that included a pair of first-round picks.Now a team that won 12 games less than two years ago and was viewed as an up-and-coming franchise with core young players such as Mack, Cooper and quarterback is in full-fledged rebuild mode after a 1-5 start to the season.“It’s disappointing. Real disappointing,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “It was starting to get that way last year when we somewhat took a nosedive, but I understand the NFL, the system will not allow you to keep them all.”The Raiders have three first-round picks for the first time since 1988, when they took Hall of Famer Tim Brown Cheap Isaiah Johnson Jersey , five-time Pro Bowler Terry McDaniel and Scott Davis.They have plenty of holes on the roster as evidenced by the early season struggles and will now look to rebuild through the draft.“We’re building this thing in concert together, I’m talking about me and coach Gru,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “We’re doing this thing together. When we make a deal, I think these picks are going to help this team tremendously, bottom line. It’s something I saw as a great opportunity. We’re not tanking this season. These guys will have to step up and continue to work to win some ballgames. That will always be the case.”The deal came while the Raiders were on the practice field Monday and left his teammates surprised. But they later said it’s just part of the business of football and wished Cooper well in Dallas.“We still have to come in here and perform on Sunday with whoever we got,” running back Jalen Richard said. “Just focus in on the Colts and let everybody upstairs handle what they have to handle.”The deal is the latest move to raise questions about the relationship between McKenzie and Gruden. McKenzie was kept on as general manager after owner Mark Davis fired Jack Del Rio last offseason and lured Gruden back to coaching after several unsuccessful attempts.While McKenzie kept his title as general manager, Gruden was given a 10-year contract worth up to $100 million, making him the clear top dog in the organization. McKenzie tried to downplay that even after the team dealt away two of his recent first-round picks and Gruden has been unwilling to give significant playing time to 2016 and ’17 first-rounders Karl Joseph and Gareon Conley.“Gruden and I, we work together very well. Let’s make no mistakes about it,” McKenzie said. “Him pushing me out, that’s not happening. Me, not being able to work with Gruden, that’s furthest from the truth. OK? We work really well together. We’re in each other’s offices all the time. Talking about players, who’s up, who’s down. Who I would like to see play more. Practice squad guys. About moving this guy. Claiming this guy. Trading. Guys calling me about trading this guy, ‘Here’s what I think, what do you think?'”While trading Mack depleted an already suspect defense lacking consistent pass rush, the move to cut ties with Cooper is more nuanced. He looked to be on his way to stardom after being picked fourth overall out of Alabama in 2015.Cooper was the third receiver to start his career with back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards receiving and 70 catches, following Odell Beckham Jr. and Marques Colston, but has been unable to build on that success the past two years.He has just 70 catches for 960 yards since the start of 2016 as his inconsistency has become a bigger problem. Cooper has been held under 30 yards receiving in 13 of his past 26 games. Cooper has 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in three-plus seasons.“I still think he is a first-round player,” McKenzie said. “That’s why I had to get a first-round pick. Now, has he been inconsistent? Absolutely. Absolutely. But has he shown greatness? Absolutely. The consistency is something that I am sure he has worked on and this guy is still a young player, you know. I think he is going to do well down in Dallas.”NOTES: The Raiders placed RB Marshawn Lynch on IR with a groin injury. He will be eligible to return for the Christmas Eve game against Denver. … DT Eddie Vanderdoes resumed practice following offseason knee surgery. The Raiders have 21 days to decide whether to activate him or shut him down for the season. … LB James Cowser was signed to the practice squad.
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