Raiders trade Amari Cooper to Cowboys for first-round pick

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Another big talent is on the way out in Oakland.

The Raiders are trading wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cowboys, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. The Cowboys are reportedly sending a first-round draft pick to Oakland.

Cooper arrived in Oakland as the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He showed a lot of promise his first two seasons, topping 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two years, but his production has declined significantly since then. The Cowboys, who need help at the receiver position, are hoping Cooper can get back to his old form.

This is the second time the Raiders have traded away a former Top 5 draft pick this year, having previously traded Khalil Mack to the Bears. Raiders coach Jon Gruden hasn’t hidden the fact that he didn’t like the roster he inherited, and he’s getting rid of the players he doesn’t want. The Cowboys will hope Gruden misjudged what Cooper brings to the table.

144 responses to “Raiders trade Amari Cooper to Cowboys for first-round pick

  1. This is a spectacular trade for the Raiders. The Raiders have a bad mix of receivers that don’t complement each other. Cooper was redundant there, at best. Getting a 1st (even a 2020 1st, if that’s the case) is spectacular value, and far more than any team should have paid. Cooper has to potential to be a good pairing with Beasley, but..this is a risky trade by the Cowboys, and hard to see it being more valuable than a first rounder, unless it’s a difference maker in a playoff push this year.

  2. firerogergoodell says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    A first round pick?! Jon Gruden just redeemed himself.
    Good deal for Chucky but hardly makes up for the Mack fiasco….

  3. See Roy William’s trade……..just when I don’t think you can be any dumber than you are… go and……completely redeem yourself…..or not…..wowsers.

  4. Gruden whiffed on the Khalil Mack trade, but he hit a home run on this one. Cooper was not worth a first rounder. Dallas negotiated poorly here.

    The Raiders are stacking up first round picks!

  5. Come back to Green Bay, Reggie McKenzie. We could use a talented talent evaluator. Gruden is destroying what you had built. He thought Johnny Manziel should have been the #1 overall pick. “This guy, he’s a winner, man.”

  6. I really think the Raiders are low on cash. Davis is probably the poorest of the NFL’s owners, and didn’t have what it took to pay Khalil Mack now. By trading their talent for premium picks now, they’ll have young elite talent all on their first contracts when they move to Vegas.

  7. Desperate enough to overpay for a mediocre wideout, but not desperate enough to fire the root cause your woes (a horrific head coach). You got your head screwed on wrong, Jerry.

  8. I assume Cooper has recovered from his concussion? otherwise he wouldn’t be able to pass a physical.

    That being said, Jerry must’ve been desperate to give up a 1st.

  9. I thought this was an actual joke when I first heard he was traded for a first round pick… Jerry Jones laugh out loud funny!

    BTW.. The New England Patriots gave up a fifth round pick for Josh Gordon, you cant make this stuff up

  10. Pats: Give a 5th and get back a 6th for Josh Gordon

    Cowboys: Give a 1st for Josh Gordon

    Any questions?

    Yes, same one I asked when I heard about the deal;

    Why do teams bother taking calls from Bill Belichick?

  11. I can’t decide which team looks more desperate here. But credit where credit’s due:

    “sigbouncer says:
    October 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Jerry is ducking the wide receiver trade talk. Amari Cooper could be a Cowboy by the end of the week.”

  12. learysdisciples says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    Well, #88 is available if he’s interested.


    Never put anything past Jerruh….I’m sure he’d love to have Michael Irvin back in Cowboys uniform.

  13. This is almost as bad as the Roy Williams trade. What are they thinking? Probably would have been better off signing Bryant for the league minimum.

  14. Too much for cooper.
    Although it wont matter much as the raiders will be losers for years to come.

  15. “rodgerstonelson says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    Carr to Jacksonville for Bortles and a 2nd rounder.”

    That would be a no brainer for the Jaguars.

  16. He’s currently a UFA in 2020. They better have worked out a long term deal before making that trade, so it isn’t a 1st round pick for a 1.5 year rental.

    Raiders should sign Dez. They’d get an equal player and a 1st round pick.

  17. So the Raiders are stocking up on 1st round picks…BUT will they draft wisely? Thats the question. In addition, if they don’t trade any of those #1’s they will get hit with 3 #1’s to pay out after their rookie deals are done. Lets see how this plays out.

  18. As usual, Jerry shows he is on his own planet. Has he not seen our team? We need that 1st rounder. And as usual, he overpaid

  19. Two parts to successful drafting. 1. You need picks 2. You have to be good at identifying talent. Chucky’s got number 1. Not sure he is showing he has number 2. He’ll probably select a bunch of gym rats but have little football IQ.

  20. It’s really hard to be a cowboys fan sometimes… we could’ve had Josh Gordon for much less… seriously what in the hell are they thinking over there.

  21. Everyone is commending the Raiders on the haul but what everyone is missing is, will they be able to pay the players once their rookie contract is over. You can stack as many first rounders as you want but if you can’t pay them then you are wasting your time.

  22. Another WR for Dak to not look at, like yesterday when he chose to run and Beasley was running open in the end zone.

  23. 700levelvet says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    How soon til his jerseys are available on the Cowboys website? 6 pm today…
    Why wait? I’ve got a black and silver one ready to ship.

  24. Jerry Jones should have paid more attention to Jimmy Johnson when he was learning how to run a team. I can’t believe anyone would give up a first-round pick for Cooper the way he’s been playing. Maybe there’s more to this trade than we’ve heard?

  25. Offloading your fourth round pick of garbage for a first rounder? Brilliant. And fleecing the Dallas football team in the process. Absolutely delicious. God bless Dallas GM Jerruh Jones. He overpays for everything!

  26. Oakland is trying to be the Cleveland of the West Coast – get rid of your players to stock up on draft choices. Looks like no one is safe there. Derek better have a realtor on standby as the handwriting is on the wall when the next starting QB goes down. Derek could be a Jag before you know it.

  27. Jerry you imbecile the team needed a first rd pick to use in drafting a QUARTERBACK !!!! what in heavens name is wrong with you !

  28. tdubdizzle says:

    October 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Raiders have 3 first rounders this year and 2 next year now.

    Maybe Jon isn’t so dumb after all.


    Lets wait to see what Gruden do with those picks first before deciding that. Because if you look at his draft during his time with the Buccaneers it wasn’t good at all.

  29. New moves like the LA Rams and Chargers, I’m betting on the dollar they are trying to gain new fan bases and Gruden will be hated by year three even after his draft picks that he has and everyone else prevails with the people he’s shipped off.

  30. “Let’s not fleece the Cowboys for a 1st round pick because maybe in 4 years, if he’s playing really good, we won’t be able to afford him” said no player, GM or coach ever.

  31. Anybody else having the ‘vibe’ that this move by Jerruh the Great feels like something Al Davis would’ve pulled during his declining/delusional final years as Raider honcho?

  32. Carroll Prescott says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:38 pm
    Offloading your fourth round pick of garbage for a first rounder? Brilliant.
    Knowing the difference between a fourth round pick and the #4 overall pick? ‘mo Brilliant

  33. jerruhjones says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:17 pm
    Jerruh is the ultimate GM, and can’t be questioned!


    Is that you, Jerry?

  34. WHAT? They could most likely draft a better young WR than Cooper in next year’s draft. Now, they won’t get the chance.


  35. Everyone thought the RaiDUH’s were dumb for the Mack trade, and Jerry Jones, never one to be outdone, says “Hold my beer”.

  36. Carroll Prescott says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    Oakland is trying to be the Cleveland of the West Coast – get rid of your players to stock up on draft choices. Looks like no one is safe there. Derek better have a realtor on standby as the handwriting is on the wall when the next starting QB goes down. Derek could be a Jag before you know it.

    There’s no trying about it. It’s done. The fact that Carr is still on the roster is easily rectified during the offseason. After 2 years of his rip-off contract, trading him away won’t hurt the cap as much.

    Time to put Justin Herbert in silver & black.

  37. ringheadcrusher says:
    October 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Time to put Justin Herbert in silver & black.


    It’s a little to early to be talking about the 2020 draft. Herbert already said he’s going back to school for 2019.

  38. This will be the most 2nd stupidest trade by Jerry Jones. Well, it will be somewhere between the Roy Williams and Joey Galloway trades. It goes to show Jerry should fire himself as GM.

  39. With Gruden running the Raiders draft there’s a high likelihood that the 1st rounder acquired for Cooper along with the picks acquired for Mack won’t pan out. This is based on Gruden’s documented track record of making awful draft selections.

    I also wouldn’t discount the possibility that Gruden will trade the Mack/Cooper picks for washed-up veterans.

  40. Since Kevin White caught his 1st catch of the season yesterday we should trade him to Dallas too. Based on that scale he’s worth a 3rd rounder at least. Or maybe Gruden will give us a 2nd for him LOL.

  41. The way the ‘boys are playing this could easily be a top 10 pick. Jerry needs to hire a REAL GM and step aside.

  42. Of course they gave a first rd. Pick for years they thought Dez was a top receiver too. Can’t evaluate talent. Hard to understand with a HOF GM. Lol.

  43. It is absolutely amazing how many commenters fancy themselves better talent evaluators than Gruden or even Jerry Jones. Just exactly how long have you people been scouts or front office personnel? You must have years of experience.

  44. The good news? The fade got a 1st round pick for a guy that can’t/won’t catch the ball. The bad news? The fade get to make the picks in the draft. Everyone loses here.

  45. I hate the cowboys, but this is huge for them, ppl dont understand cooper was not happy at all playing with chucky and was not playing hard at all just hoping for a trade, he will be huge for Dallas.

  46. Jones flew the coop again. Cooper while good, hasn’t put up great numbers recently. If he couldn’t do it with Carr, what makes you think he can with Prescott? Bold move here Dallas.

  47. Wow, the Cowboys just out Grudened Gruden when it comes to incompetence. Well done to the Raiders for somehow swinging that, now they have 3 first round picks next year in a defensive loaded draft.

  48. A first round pick for him? Have the Cowboys gone crazy, or are they just desperate.
    Next on the list will be David Carr, Coach Gruden is getting beyond desperate.

  49. I chuckle at all of the fans who are saying that the Raiders will have 5 1st rd picks which is guaranteed to get them “elite talent” especially at WR…

    Drafts of WR in the 1st rd from 2018 back to 2012:

    DJ Moore, Calvin Ridley, Corey Davis, Mike Williams (LAC), John Ross, Corey Coleman, Will Fuller, Josh Doctson, Laquon Treadwell, Amari Cooper, Kevin White, Devante Parker, Nelson Agholor, Breshad Perriman, Philip Dorsett, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Tavon Austin, DeAndre Hopkins, Cordarelle Patterson, Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, A.J. Jenkins

    Good luck getting “elite” talent with a WR in the 1st round – 4 or 5 of these guys are legit elite WRs, the rest are, well Raiders.

  50. r8dernation says:
    October 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    He’s better use the picks in the trenches. It all starts there.


    The 2019 draft is loaded on both the offensive and defensive line. Looks very strong in the secondary as well. Should line up perfectly.

    Hope to land a couple impact free agents as well with all the money freed up now. Le’veon Bell or Golden Tate on offense and (pick one) Frank Clark-DeMarcus Lawrence-Trey Flowers on defense would be nice fits.

  51. 1. Everyone who says a 1st round pick is too much needs to go back and check the recent history of wide recievers drafted in the first round and compare Cooper’s production to their’s. I’m not trying to stick up for Cooper specifically here, but a first round pick is not nearly as valuable as you’re treating it, because most of the time you cannot even get that level of production from one. Cooper is still young and has shown good playmaking ability in the fairly recent past. Plus he has no off field concerns and actually wants to play for the team that traded for him, so seriously…what more can you possibly reasonably expect from a first round pick? Is there any guarantee you’d even get half of that, and NOT get the next Kevin White or Breshad Perriman or Kelvin Benjamin? Not to mention the fact the Cowboys actually NEED a wide receiver?

    2. On the Raiders’ end, however, I do not get this at all. The Mack trade had a little justification, solely for the fact that the Raiders knew that they could afford him and were to going to lose him in free agency anyway. This trade makes less sense, by a significant amount-Cooper, as stated earlier, is still young and there is significant probability that he can return to his playmaking form. More importantly, he is Derek Carr’s favorite target, and despite the recent struggles of Carr, Cooper, and the offense as a whole, Cooper still had a good relationship with his QB. If anything, it seemed as if the coaching/scheming was the problem for them-and the decline of the running game. Most importantly, you just extended Carr with a large contract. Removing his favorite target that helped him break into the league to begin with is a strange move, even for a first round pick. I mean, what would you end up doing with that pick? Drafting a wide receiver for Carr to use? That’s kind of moving sideways, isn’t it?

  52. Wow the hate is strong here. Not a Raiders or Cowboys fan but …

    First and foremost, getting two first rounders (plus a 3rd and 6th) is great compensation for a non-QB (heck it’d be a great haul for a QB). Just one of those first rounders could find a Mack replacement (not to mention the Oak pick by itself). Get over yourself on the hate.

    Philly offered a second for Cooper. If Dallas wanted him it was going to cost a first. Period. Arguments to leave the table at that price is warranted but saying they overpaid is not. Oakland wasn’t going to ship him out for a second but even if they were going to any team would have had to have paid more than a second to secure him. That’s exactly what happened. The problems in Dallas stem beyond WR but that not withstanding they still lack a legit WR1. There’s no reason to think Cooper couldn’t at least equal what DBryant brought to the table. What round was Bryant drafted in again? It’s not like the WR FA class next year is shaping up to be anything great. So it really comes down to if the 1st rounder Dallas had could have been used to draft a WR better than Cooper.

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