Cowboys acquire WR Cooper from Raiders for first-rounder

Silvia Morton
October 23, 2018

The Raiders selected Cooper with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys gave up their top pick in the next draft in hopes of giving quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon just a few months after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move. The Eagles had been mention as possibly having interest in the talented wide receiver, but now their focus will shift to game planning to stop Cooper, whom the Eagles will face twice in the next five weeks. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Joseph is expected to be the next former first-round pick to be traded.

The Cowboys (3-4) are now tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for second place in the NFC East behind the Washington Redskins (4-2), who beat Dallas 20-17 Sunday at FedEx Field.

Cooper, who left last week's loss in London to Seattle with a concussion, has had a quiet season after earlier being touted by Gruden as the focus of Oakland's passing game. Cooper's final year of his deal is next season and carries a $13 million cap hit.

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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. Cooper has 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in three-plus seasons.

Consistently one of the most frustrating players to own over the past three seasons, Cooper gets what amounts to be a much needed fresh start.

Based on what they gave up for Cooper in comparison to what other teams gave up for wide receivers in recent deals, the Cowboys may have overpaid.

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