The Oakland Raiders were dumb enough to trade away their best defensive player, so of course head coach Jon Gruden would deal his best offensive player.
If the Dallas Cowboys can obtain Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper for a second round pick, Pro Football Hall of Fame owner/GM Jerry Jones needs to do this deal.
Acquiring Cooper from the Raiders is not like dealing for Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
Cooper is 24. Thomas is 29.
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Jerry has done this before. He acquired Detroit Lions wide receiver Roy Williams in 2008 for a first, third, sixth and seventh round picks. The move was a total bomb as Williams was cut after the ‘10 season.
That deal may have convinced Jerry to get out of the trade business. Since then, he has removed himself from his dealing days when he ambitiously, and often stupidly, pursued stars and names. Landing a guy like Cooper, however, fits this team right now, and next season.
They kicked the tires on landing Thomas from the Seahawks, but the Cowboys never wanted to go as high as Seattle wanted. Thomas held out all of training camp, returned, and suffered a season-ending injury in late September.
Provided the deal requires no more than a second round pick, and possibly a six or a seven, the Cowboys should go for it.
Their wide receiving core is the worst in the league. Their best wide receiver is Cole Beasley, who does his damage from the slot.
Although Cooper is currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol, he has demonstrated he is the type of receiver the Cowboys do not have on their roster.
At a minimum Cooper is the type of threat on the outside that opposing defenses would have to pay more attention to and potentially open up room for other players. While his numbers may not be great, his impact on those around him has the potential to be significant.
Right now, the Cowboys have no viable outside threat.
The addition of free agent Allen Hurns in place of the cut Dez Bryant has done nothing for quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense.
Cooper, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver while at Alabama in 2014, was the No. 4 overall pick by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft.
In his first two seasons in the NFL, Cooper was a 1,000-yard receiver. Last season, his production fell off as both he and quarterback Derek Carr struggled to repeat the success they reached in 2016 when Cooper was a second-time Pro Bowl selection. Cooper had only 48 receptions last season for 680 yards as the Raiders missed the playoffs.
This season, Cooper has started all six games and has 22 receptions with one touchdown. The Raiders are currently on a bye and he’s expected to be available for their next game.
His rookie contract expires after 2019; he is due $13 million next season.
With Gruden back with the Raiders, he is currently doing what a lot of ego-maniac coaches do upon arrival and that is rid the roster of any “stars,” whose egos may clash with his. There is a reason why Gruden approved the trade of Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears.
The Raiders are also in the process of obtaining picks and gearing up for their relocation to Las Vegas.
There is a deal to be made here, and considering the position and the player, this is one Jerry ‘n’ friends need to complete.