Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Traded To Dallas Cowboys

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Traded To Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have made a major trade to bolster their beleaguered wide receiver group. On Monday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Cooper was going to be on the move to Dallas, a team that's been sputtering on offense, in a trade.

Cooper was the fourth overall pick of the Raiders in 2014 out of Alabama, and topped 1,000 yards in each of his first two pro seasons. Cooper handled 22 percent of Oakland's targets during his first two National Football League seasons, but averaged a 19 percent share in 2017 and a 13 percent share so far in 2018. The Raiders, clearly cratering at 1-5, didn't want to pay Cooper at the end of the season, and instead of playing out his fifth-year option, made a decision to move on and draft capital.

The Cowboys lost to Washington 20-17 on Sunday when Brett Maher's game-tying field goal attempt in the final seconds clanged off the upright. His production that followed in the six games following that eruption past year amounted to a measly 18 catches for 146 yards and one touchdown.

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Dallas receivers have just one 100-yard game combined through seven games, by Cole Beasley in a Week 6 win over Jacksonville. He is expected to be able to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week to face the Tennessee Titans on November 5.

This will be the third time since 2000 the Cowboys have traded a top pick for a veteran receiver. Since joining the club, Cooper has tallied 225 receptions for 3,183 yards (14.1 avg.) and 19 touchdowns. I get that it's been frustrating for Jerry Jones and his family to watch Dak Prescott throw to nobody, but a first round pick is way too high of a price to pay, especially considering that Cooper has not even been all that good.

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