Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Cowboys Trade for Raiders WR Amari Cooper

Cowboys Trade for Raiders WR Amari Cooper

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.

Cooper, 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, totaled 155 catches for 2,223 yards in his first two seasons in the NFL.

Numbers from Pro Football Focus suggest some of Cooper's best work with the Raiders came from the slot. Cooper had two 1,000-yars campaigns to begin his career after being taken fourth-overall out of Alabama in 2015 but has done little since. Talks of an extension likely will be pushed into the offseason, before the fifth-year option on Cooper's contract, previously exercised by the Raiders, becomes guaranteed for injury.

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. The Raiders, coming off a bye week, are 1-5 as they head into a Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. But it is another example of the Raiders (1-5) looking to the future. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Joseph is expected to be the next former first-round pick to be traded.

Cooper has had three or fewer catches in 12 of his last 20 played; he has 60 or more receiving yards in just 7 of his last 28 games played. It's a trade that we feel it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass on to get a first-round pick.

With the team spending the morning in Washington D.C. visiting the African-American Museum and the Lincoln Memorial, Cowboys Owner & General Manager Jerry Jones approved a deal that is supposed to save the season.

That is elite receiver money and Cooper is not an elite receiver, and then you remember the Cowboys are giving up a first round pick that right now would be in the top 10.

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