Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Cowboys acquire Amari Cooper from Raiders for 1st-rounder

Cowboys acquire Amari Cooper from Raiders for 1st-rounder

The Dallas Cowboys will acquire Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper for a first-round draft pick, according to reports from ESPN.

If the Cowboys don't do those things, or Cooper fails to assimilate into the team's offense in the season's second half, his trade will wind up on the long list of ambitious, reckless deals made by the Joneses when they felt their backs were against the wall. With the trades, the Raiders now have $74 million in cap space and three first-round picks entering the 2019 offseason.

Cooper, 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, totaled 155 catches for 2,223 yards in his first two seasons in the NFL. but his production dipped off dramatically last season, as he only caught 48 passes for 680 yards and was among the league leaders in drops. The Raiders general manager, Reggie McKenzie, said on Monday his team will get the Cowboys' pick in the 2019 draft.

Cooper is entering his fifth-year option next season.

Cooper, along with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, now gives Dallas a QB-RB-WR offensive trio all under 25 years old.

This seems like a pretty good haul for the Raiders, who have now collected three first rounders this season via trade. A win in that game would have given Dallas the lead in the NFC East.

We can question the direction new Raiders coach Jon Gruden is pointing the franchise, and we certainly can question how the Cooper trade was communicated to the team.

Gruden has not blinked through a season in which a 1-5 record has only amplified the criticism he has received for trading away star edge-rusher Khalil Mack before the season.

For Gruden, it's just another step in the rebuild.

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