Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Traded To Dallas Cowboys

Instant Analysis 1st round pick for Cooper is huge investment

The Dallas Cowboys have traded a first round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

The Cowboys (3-4) are now tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for second place in the NFC East behind the Washington Redskins (4-2), who beat Dallas 20-17 Sunday at FedEx Field. Many believe the Cowboys overpaid for an inconsistent receiver.

A first-round pick is a hefty price considering the player coming back has a big cap number next year, his last season of control before free agency.

Cooper has been a disappointment over the past two seasons for the Raiders after turning in Pro Bowl years during his first two campaigns in Oakland. Cooper may help improve those areas, but he wasn't exactly doing wonders for the Oakland offense and QB Dak Prescott's struggles connecting with Dez Bryant last season were well documented.




While the compensation was much better than most expected, it now seems that the downtrodden Raiders are going into fire-sale mode ahead of the October 30 trade deadline. But it is another example of the Raiders (1-5) looking to the future.

The Raiders now own three No. 1 picks in the 2019 draft - their own, one from the Chicago Bears in the Mack deal and now the Cowboys' top pick. In six games this season, Cooper has 22 catches for 280 yards and one touchdown.

Coach Jon Gruden, who will now have three first-round picks in 2019, is in the first year of a 10-year contract and can afford to play the waiting game. Cooper has been held under 30 yards receiving in 13 of his past 26 games. The former Texas standout's first season with Dallas was his best, with 596 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.

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