ALAMEDA, California – Derek Carr, team captain, starting quarterback and franchise quarterback, declined to speak to the media on Saturday. His shoulders and dog hair while sitting in his cubicle and scrolling through his phone said enough.
The Antonio Brown saga reached a gracious end for the Oakland Raiders and made a strange dressing room for two days. before the season opener on Monday for ESPN's new football against the Denver Broncos.
News that Brown had agreed to make a deal with New England had not yet been broken by the time the Raiders locker room closed.
In one corner, two players wondered aloud why Brown couldn't just play football and get his $ 30 million. In another, outside defender Tahir Whitehead, another team captain, talks about putting the team first.
"I have to worry about the guys who are here, the guys who are invested in the team and the guys who want to go on this trip with us," Whitehead said. "We tried to be there for him and to support him [Brown] but at the end of the day, the best we can do is focus on the guys who want to be here and just roll with it.
"He doesn't was "I don't want to be here and tried to support him, but at the end of the day, the rest of the guys here first thought of the team and if, obviously, not with they had that kind of mentality, then it didn't work out. "
Beyond the road, the Raiders' three picks were not affected in their locker triangle, defensive end Klinlin Ferrell running back Josh Jacobs safety Jonathan Abram against each other. Especially Jacobs, whose role could be enhanced by armor against the Broncos.
"My role would be what it was, and my game would speak for itself, no matter what the circumstances," he insisted. "And that's exactly how I look at it. I respect the [Brown̵
"I was with him yesterday, so I knew everything; I was right there with him when he made the phone call. That's what it is. I understand his view At the same time, I understand [the Raiders’] 's point of view. But at the end of the day, it's not my job, so I just stay in my lane, focus and control what I can control. "
He had just 251 carries in Alabama, and his maximum for one tryout game was 20 – for 97 yards against the Abram Mississippi State Bulldogs last season.
"I just focus on learning the game and refining and getting some cohesion with the offensive line, things like that," Jacobs said. "So [Brown’s saga] was nothing to me."
Still, it was a breach that Reads coach John Gruden built for Brown, who was announced by Oakland five hours after his release, agreed with the Patriots one year a deal worth up to $ 15 million, which includes a $ 9 million signing bonus, his agent, Drew Rosenhouse, told ESPN's Adam Schaeffer.
Raiders eventually Darren Waller said no one was in a "sad state" in the building.
"We don't take anything personally," Waller said. "I have nothing against him. I loved him when he was here. He was right next to me in my locker. Positive dude. But if he is no longer here, we don't hate him – you just have to keep going and doing business. like this. "
Adds at one time Brown nemesis Vontaze Burfitt, a first-year raider, team captain and middleweight," AB is not dealing with us; we play defense, so our job is to go out and
“AB was our teammate – I hate to see him m praying for him. Let's hope everything is cleaned up. He's a great football player, but as I said, we're worried on Monday. "
Gruden's crime will already count on Carr being dropped, Jacob's rookie, Waller's untested tight end and Tyrell Williams' new No. 1 receiver. Next, call it the toughest shot Auckland has taken from New England since Tuck's rule.
A day earlier, the Raiders realized the brown pulp had been cut, with the receiver making a tearful apology with the captains – Carr, Whitehead, Burfict, free safety Lamarck Joyner and center Rodney Hudson – on his part.
"It was crazy," Williams said. "It was wild, it was crazy, it was unexpected. But we will go there and play independently, so it sucks that he is not here, but he made that decision so we will go there and play.  "Whether he was here or not, we all had work to do. I know everyone is excited. More guys will get opportunities so we will go there and still do our job well and win. This is the main goal. We have all the confidence in the world with everyone we have, so we are ready to continue. "
Count the Fifth Quarter Tournament Hunter Renfrow Among the Excited.
" I enjoy the guys that are here and I do. that is, and I'm just excited for Monday night to go play, "he said." Obviously Antonio is a great player and someone we would like to have because he is one of the best receivers in the NFL and so he will miss. But like I said, the next person is up. "