What the Amari Cooper trade means for Cowboys, Raiders offenses


Raiders underachieving receiver Amari Cooper was traded to the Cowboys for a No. 1 pick on Monday, continuing the team's systematic overhaul under new coach Jon Gruden. Through seven games, they rank 29th in passing offense with 183.1 yards per game.

At 3-4, in what seems like a wide-open NFC East, the Cowboys sacrificed an opportunity to get a major, relatively low-priced piece in the draft next season to bring in Cooper and his hefty salary now.

Dallas is sending Oakland a 2019 first-round pick for Cooper, according to reports. Recently, we'd heard rumors that Amari Cooper, Oakland's star receiver, was on the trade block, although Gruden denied knowing anything about that.

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The Cowboys' revamped receiver corps has struggled to get on the same page with Prescott and is considered a collection of No. 2 and No. 3 receivers while lacking a bonafide No. 1 threat. The top two free-agent additions, Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, have 13 catches for 158 yards and 12 for 103, respectively.

Trading first-round picks for wide receivers hasn't worked out well for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.

The Cowboys later signed him to a $54 million contract extension. He started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had two 100-yard games this season, but had just two targets and one catch since the second of those games. He suffered the injury last week in Oakland's loss to Seattle in London. The Raiders, coming off a bye week, are 1-5 as they head into a Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.