Cowboys acquire WR Cooper from Raiders for first-rounder

Arnold Nichols
October 23, 2018

Dallas is sending Oakland a 2019 first-round pick for Cooper, according to reports. Cooper, 24, will cost around $4.5 million on Dallas' cap for the remainder of the season.

The fourth-year receiver has 22 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown in six games for the Raiders this season. And Cowboys receivers haven't made many big plays in their first season without Bryant and retired tight end Jason Witten, the club leader in catches.

As for the Cowboys, this is one of the more lopsided deals in recent memory. The Raiders general manager, Reggie McKenzie, said on Monday his team will get the Cowboys' pick in the 2019 draft. Cooper has 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in three-plus seasons.


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. The franchise now has three first-round picks next season.

In totality, the Cowboys gave up the most valuable asset an National Football League team has for a player who had a drop rate north of 12 percent (per Kevin Clark). Jones can trot out his newest headliner and hope for the best, believing a marriage with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott can bring out the former version of Cooper.

The biggest move, and the most controversial one, from the Raiders was dealing Khalil Mack to the Bears for a pair of first round pick, which was only made worse by Mack being great, the Raiders being terrible rushing the passer, and Gruden continuously wondering why that was.

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