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#pounditWednesday, January 20, 2021

Jon Gruden bemoans CBA after cutting Hackenberg

Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden bemoaned the practice restrictions laid forth by the CBA as a factor in the team’s quick release of quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

The Oakland Raiders waived Hackenberg on Tuesday, mere weeks after acquiring him in a conditional trade with the New York Jets. Speaking on Thursday, the new Raiders head coach said that cutting Hackenberg was due more to an inability to get him reps than a reflection of the quarterback’s skills.

“It’s unfortunate, this whole collective [bargaining agreement]. How do you develop a quarterback? I don’t know how you do it,” Gruden said, via ESPN’s Mike Sando.

“It is hard enough to get Connor Cook enough reps, let alone a fourth guy. It really depresses me how we can’t spend more time with these young quarterbacks, and it is really going to be an impactful situation on the NFL in the future.”

The Raiders already have Derek Carr, Connor Cook and EJ Manuel, so like Gruden said, developing Hackenberg on top of the other three was difficult.

Whatever the case, it sure seems like Gruden is already preparing us for what will be his next crusade.

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