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Pundit: Other Raiders first-round picks could’ve been included in Cowboys-Cooper deal

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrate after connecting on a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrate after connecting on a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. AP

The Cowboys got their man.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones traded a first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders Monday in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper.

By bringing the two-time Pro Bowler to Dallas, the organization’s front office provided head Jason Garrett’s offense and quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon in the passing game.

Although, some fans and members of the media were not very happy about the transaction.

And it’s possible, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, that the Cowboys could’ve tried to include other Raiders players in the deal.



The reason is that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wants to re-shape the team’s roster in his image and purge players drafted by general manager Reggie McKenzie, according to La Canfora. It’s worth noting that McKenzie still serves in that role, so it’s unclear how much input he has in these situations.

Here’s what La Canfora said before the Cowboys-Cooper trade:

“If there’s value for Amari Cooper, he’ll do it. He’s not going to give him away. He’ll give away Karl Joseph. He’ll give away Gareon Conley if anyone’s willing to take that salary off his hands. ... I think the Jordy Nelson contract’s probably untradeable. If someone wants Marshawn Lynch, why not? If Donald Penn was healthy, he’d be gone. I think if Obi Melifonwu was healthy and not on IR, he’d be gone. If Reggie picked you, you’re gone.”

La Canfora’s speculation is reasonably well-founded, as previous reports linked the Cowboys and other teams to Cooper.

The Raiders have reportedly been shopping Karl Joseph, too.

Cooper and Joseph, along with former linebacker Khalil Mack (traded to the Chicago Bears) were all first-round draft picks.

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