This trend continued with Cooper, and Oakland did very well to snatch a first-round pick in the deal. The Cowboys are a game and a half back of Washington in the NFC East after losing in miserable fashion on Sunday in D.C., and if this trade doesn't turn things around for them offensively it could look really bad. Cooper is making a little less than $500,000 on the past year of his rookie deal this season, and he has already had his almost $15 million option for 2019 picked up by the Raiders.
Despite the promise offered by a still-young player who posted 1,000-plus receiving yards in his first two National Football League seasons, there are a couple of question marks around Cooper as he arrives in Dallas. Simple. Desperation. The Cowboys inability to find proper replacements for former wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten this offseason killed their passing game. Last year, in 14 games, he only had 680 yards receiving. A first-round pick for a receiver who has 280 yards and just one touchdown through six games in 2018? The Raiders, coming off a bye week, are 1-5 as they head into a Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. For his career, the fourth overall selection in 2014 has 225 receptions for 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns.
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This seems like a pretty good haul for the Raiders, who have now collected three first rounders this season via trade. That is elite receiver money and Cooper is not an elite receiver, and then you remember the Cowboys are giving up a first round pick that right now would be in the top 10. The previous two deals, for the Seahawks' Joey Galloway and the Lions' Roy Williams, are two of the worst in franchise history.