Although the Oakland Raiders have been adamant to teams that they want a first-round draft pick in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Dallas Cowboys have researched him extensively in recent days, league sources told ESPN. With the trades of Cooper and Khalil Mack, the Raiders will reportedly now have $74 million in cap space entering the 2019 off-season, as well as three first round picks.
Rapoport reported Cooper's fifth-year option for $13.9 million comes off the books for Oakland. 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 a year ago.
The Oakland Raiders continue to sell off major pieces as Jon Gruden tears down the roster to build it up in his vision - which to this point seems to be an odd mix of gathering draft assets and also bringing in players that were good the last time he was coaching.
This is a very headscratching decision from the Dallas Cowboys.
Let's hope Cooper can improve upon his current stat line of 22 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdown so far this year. At 3-4, they're tied with the Eagles in the NFC East, 1.5 games behind the 4-2 Redskins.
Cooper has struggled as of late, catching just one pass for 10 yards over the last two games. His production that followed in the six games following that eruption previous year amounted to a measly 18 catches for 146 yards and one touchdown. The franchise now has three first-round picks next season.
This will be the third time since 2000 the Cowboys have traded a top pick for a veteran receiver.