If their scoring unit is unable to turn things around in 2018, the Raiders could be acquiring a top-10 pick in next April's draft. Cooper has battled drops, injuries, and mental lapses over the last two years, and Oakland's regime clearly didn't see him as a fit in its future plans.
Cooper, a former fourth overall pick of the Raiders in 2015, made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two National Football League seasons with a pair of 1,000-yard campaigns. 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 has had three or fewer catches in 12 of his last 20 played; he has 60 or more receiving yards in just 7 of his last 28 games played.
He is signed through 2019 and is due $13.9 million next season as the Raiders had already picked up the fifth year option on his rookie deal. In their place, Dallas is led by Cole Beasley (350 passing yards) and tight end Geoff Swaim (205 yards). He is expected to be able to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week to face the Tennessee Titans on November 5.
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. For his career, the fourth overall selection in 2014 has 225 receptions for 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2000, they acquired Joey Galloway from Seattle for two first-round draft choices.
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