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Cowboys trade for Raiders receiver Brice Butler

Brice Butler was inactive for the Raiders’ season opener as one of six receivers on their 53-player roster.
Brice Butler was inactive for the Raiders’ season opener as one of six receivers on their 53-player roster. AP

The Cowboys completed a trade with the Oakland Raiders for receiver Brice Butler on Tuesday.

If Butler is on the Cowboys' 53-player roster for six games, Dallas will swap its fifth-round pick for the Raiders' sixth-rounder in 2016, according to a source.

Butler, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Raiders in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has shown flashes in the 25 games he’s played.

He has 30 career catches for 383 yards and two touchdowns.

But Butler was inactive Sunday for the Raiders’ season opener, having fallen behind Seth Roberts on the depth chart. The Raiders carried six receivers on their roster.

He joins a team in need of a receiver after losing star Dez Bryant for a few weeks. Bryant had surgery Monday to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

The Cowboys have only four other receivers on their roster, other than Bryant, with Terrance Williams, Devin Street, Cole Beasley and Lucky Whitehead all expected to contribute in Bryant’s absence.

The Cowboys worked out Hakeem Nicks, Austin Pettis, Nick Toon and Clyde Gates on Tuesday before the trade for Butler.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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