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Cowboys are doing homework on WR Amari Cooper. Does that mean a trade is looming?

The Dallas Cowboys are doing their homework on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. Could a trade happen?
The Dallas Cowboys are doing their homework on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. Could a trade happen? AP

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t talk following his team’s 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins Sunday.

But he acknowledged before the game that the team is doing its homework on Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper in advance of the upcoming trade deadline, set for Oct. 30.

The Raiders have made no secret of their intentions to trade Cooper, 24, a former No. 1 pick from Alabama who has two 1,000-yard seasons on his resume.

“I think you look at the areas of really alleged need that every club has around the league, then you would try to match that with a potential or prospective trade situation,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 the Fan before the game. “That’s what you have happening there.”

The Cowboys are simply doing due diligence on Cooper as they would with any available player, a source tells the Star-Telegram. The question remains if they are interested enough to match the Raiders’ perceived asking price of a first-round pick or could they get him at a cheaper price.

Cooper is making $700,000 in 2018, the fourth year of his rookie deal. But he has an injury-guaranteed salary of $13.924 million for 2019 because the Raiders have already exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.

There is little chance the Cowboys will give up a first-round pick for a player with a $13.9 million salary for next season. But might they go it for a second or third pick?

There is no secret Dallas lacks a No. 1 receiver.

The revamped group, following the departure of Dez Bryant, has struggled for much of the season and not given enough help to quarterback Dak Prescott, according to Jones.

Allen Hurns had a season-high 5 catches for 74 yards against the Redskins, but had a key drop on third down that help keep the Cowboys backed up.

Deonte Thompson continues to fail to make contested catches. Rookie Michael Gallup was the bright spot early with three catches for 81, but he had little impact in the second half.

Cole Beasley was the go-to guy down the stretch and finished seven catches for 56 yards.

The Dallas Cowboys have dumped star wide receiver Dez Bryant, and Star-Telegram sports guys Mac Engel and Clarence E. Hill Jr. debated America’s Team move in a Facebook Live.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehilljr
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