Garrett defends trading first-rounder for Cooper

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The big news on Monday came when we learned that the Dallas Cowboys had traded for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper in exchange for a first round pick.

Did the Dallas Cowboys overpay for Amari Cooper?

Cooper was the fourth-overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama three years ago. Cooper has just 22 catches for 280 yards and one touchdown this season.

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The Eagles obviously felt like Cooper wasn't worth losing a first round draft pick. A win in that game would have given Dallas the lead in the NFC East.

Instead, Dallas tried to implement a receiver-by-committee approach that has resulted in the 29th ranked passing offense in the National Football League so far, averaging just 183 passing yards a 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, made a decision to move on and draft capital. He's no Odell Beckham, but he does give the Cowboys a reliable weapon that can hurt the Eagles where they're most vulnerable.

The 1-5 Raiders acquired two first-rounders from the Bears for Khalil Mack this offseason after Gruden took over and started reshaping the franchise in his image. McKenzie helped build the foundation that earned the Raiders a playoff berth in 2016 after a 14-year drought - the foundation Gruden is destroying. The trade of Cooper has some serious dynasty ramifications. 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. A successful one, at that.

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