The Cowboys' passing game has been their weak link thus far this season. The trade of Cooper makes it clear the Raiders are blowing things up and restarting in year one of the new Jon Gruden era.
Cooper has 22 receptions and 280 yards in six games this season, though the vast majority of that production came in just two games (10 catches for 116 yards against the Broncos and eight catches for 128 yards and a touchdown against the Browns). Cooper's final year of his deal is next season and carries a $13 million cap hit. Cooper joins Khalil Mack as high-profile Raiders shipped out of town for top picks since Gruden took over a team that went 4-12 a year ago. Last year, in 14 games, he only had 680 yards receiving.
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According to earlier reports, the Cowboys were calling around to those who know Cooper to assess him and see if he would be a good fit with the team.
When pressed about this following Monday's blockbuster trade, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie refused to say that starting quarterback Derek Carr was untouchable in trade talks.
In 2000, Jones sent two first-round picks to Seattle for Joey Galloway before the first of three straight 5-11 seasons. The former Texas standout's first season with Dallas was his best, with 596 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.