Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Raiders absolutely fleece Cowboys in Amari Cooper deal

Raiders absolutely fleece Cowboys in Amari Cooper deal

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. After posting back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons to begin his tenure in Oakland, Cooper was only able to muster 680 yards and seven scores a year ago in 14 contests. Dallas is an obvious fit for the 24-year-old wideout, as the team now ranks 29th in the National Football League with just 202.4 receiving yards per game and has no legitimate receiving threats to speak of after releasing Bryant and losing Jason Witten to retirement this offseason.

The 24-year-old Cooper - five years younger than Bryant - was placed in the concussion protocol after leaving Oakland's last game against Seattle on October 14. He is expected to be able to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week to face the Tennessee Titans on November 5.

Cooper started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had two 100-yard games this year, but had just two targets and one catch since the second of those games.

For Gruden, dealing his most accomplished receiver doesn't compare to the preseason trade that sent two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago.

But now, including the pick the Raiders got in the Cooper deal, the franchise is sitting on three 2019 first-round picks, and many are speculating whether quarterback Derek Carr could be dealt to add to the total. But it is another example of the Raiders (1-5) looking to the future. ‏ Although Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones are the final decision-makers on the respective teams, McKenzie said he handled the deal with Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, Jerry's son.

This last time a desperate Cowboys team made a midseason trade for a receiver came in 2008 when they gave up first- and third-round draft picks to acquire receiver Roy Williams from the Detroit Lions.

Regardless, he gives Dallas both a No. 1 option and experienced deep threat.

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