Raiders trade WR Amari Cooper to Cowboys for 1st-round pick

Ruben Hill
October 23, 2018

The Dallas Cowboys have traded a first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for WR Amari Cooper, according to reports. But they have been so lacking at wide receiver this season that they are considering a move with the NFC East being as wide-open as it is. He was the team's all-time leader in touchdown receptions.

Oakland, meanwhile, appears all-in on a rebuild and now will have three first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft after acquiring another first-rounder from the Chicago Bears in the Khalil Mack trade.

His numbers dropped a year ago because of injuries and he was deemed expendable after six games by new Oakland head coach Jon Gruden. The top two free-agent additions, Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, have 13 catches for 158 yards and 12 for 103, respectively. Cooper gives the Cowboys a legitimate No. 1 receiver option, while the Raiders continue to stockpile first-round picks.

The Cowboys later signed him to a $54 million contract extension. He started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had two 100-yard games this season, but had just two targets and one catch since the second of those games.

The Oakland Raiders continue to sell off major pieces as Jon Gruden tears down the roster to build it up in his vision - which to this point seems to be an odd mix of gathering draft assets and also bringing in players that were good the last time he was coaching. Dallas has a bye in Week 8 and will host the Tennessee Titans on Monday night in Week 9.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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