The deal comes with the Cowboys struggling to make big plays in the passing game with quarterback Dak Prescott, and a few months after they released franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move.
The Cowboys desperately needed help at wide receiver. But it is another example of the Raiders (1-5) looking to the future.
Cooper has shown star flashes in his career with over 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first two seasons, but he dropped to 680 yards last season. What makes that number even more alarming was the fact he had over 100 yards in only two games and much of his statistical output was due to an 11/210/2 game he had against the Chiefs in early October previous year. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Joseph is expected to be the next former first-round pick to be traded. A two-time Pro Bowler, Cooper became just the third player in National Football League history to record 1,000 receiving yards and 70 receptions in each of his first two seasons (2015-16).More news: Saudi Arrests in Journalist’s Death ‘Good First Step,’ Says Trump
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Last season in a matchup the Eagles won 19-10, Cooper had 3 catches, for 66 yards and that 63-yard touchdown you just witnessed in the video above on Jalen Mills. Cooper will count around $4.5 million on Dallas' cap and he'll carry a $13 million hit next season.
The Raiders will now have three 2019 first-round picks.
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.