Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper Traded To Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys acquire WR Amari Cooper, report says

Cowboys acquire WR Amari Cooper, report says

That Gruden got a first-rounder for Cooper speaks to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' own desperation as the team's gasbaggy general manager, but it's also the latest in a series of reminders that the Raiders in their current state of disarray essentially are a giant 53-person couch placed out on the front lawn for anyone to grab. The Cowboys and Eagles both are 3-4 ahead of the hapless, 1-5 Giants. Dallas is now 29th in yards per game. 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, chose to move on and draft capital.

Cooper is in the NFL's concussion protocol, but the Raiders are on a bye this week and don't play again until October 28 against Indianapolis. It's his fourth season and his fifth year option next year would have a base salary of $13.9 million.

That apparently was a resounding yes for Jones, whose team ranks 29th in passing yards and 28th in passing touchdowns this season - yet sits just 1 1/2 games behind Washington in the division standings with more than half the season left to play.

That's the one dismal truth - that a player who came with so many promises made on his behalf never delivered (or was allowed to deliver) on those promises. The Cowboys are (heavily) banking on the idea that Cooper can do just that.

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The next player who could be on the move is 2016 first-round pick, Karl Joseph.

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.

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).

And hence Gruden increasing his draft choice total to a more reasonable for rebuilding purposes to nine, including three firsts and a second.

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