FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Cowboys made a move to take advantage of quarterback Dak Prescott by acquiring Broad Receiver Amari Cooper from Oakland Raiders for a 2019 first round choice.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed the trade Monday. Oakland will now have three first rounds in 2019 after having received Chicago Bears in last month’s Khalil Mack trade.
Cooper, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft, has 22 catches for 280 meters and a touchdown in six games this season. He opened his career with back-to-back 1000 seasons and made Pro Bowl twice, but his number has fallen over the past two years.
The 3-4 cowboys had done their due diligence on recipients who entered the trade deadline and had reset to Cooper, which became available in the last few weeks with 1
-5 Raiders bad start in Jon Grudens first season.
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|Rec. PG ||11.0 ||25  Rec. YPG ||135.6 ||26  Rec. TD  6  T-22th  Rec. ||61.6 ||21st |
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The Cowboys entered the season and hoped that a committee of recipients could compensate for lost production when Dez Bryant was released in the offseason. They tried to sign Sammy Watkins in the free agency, but he chose to join the Kansas City Chiefs. The cowboys prepared Michael Gallup in the third round and added veterans Tavon Austin, Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson to a group that included Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams.
The Cowboys signed veteran Brice Butler on September 18th and put Williams in injured reserve with a foot injury on October 6th. Last week, Williams was suspended for three games to violate NFL’s abuse policy.
Matching game has fought for most of the season, ranked 29 in NFL. Beasley leads the cowboys with 33 catches for 350 meters and two touchdowns; No other broad receiver has more than 13 catches.
Gallup caught a 49-yard touchdown pass in Sunday’s loss to Washington and has 10 catches for 190 meters. Hurns has 13 catches for 158 meters and had its most productive game in the season against Redskins with five catches for 74 meters.
Austin has been a big game shot with seven catches for 130 meters and two touchdowns, but he is expected to miss several weeks with a light damage.
Last time, the Cowboys made a major season deal for a broad recipient in 2008 when they acquired Roy Williams and a seventh round from Detroit Lions to their first, third and sixth time.
Williams does not live up to trade expectations, peaked at 38 catches for 596 meters and seven touchdowns 2009. The Cowboys released Williams after the 2010 season.  Cooper, 24, will play 2019 under a fifth year alternative worth about $ 13.9 million.
The cap space will not be a problem for the cowboys, even if they want to rewrite leading pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, cornerback Byron Jones, and can watch long-term offers for Ezekiel Elliott and Prescott as early as this offseason.
If Cooper gives Prescott, signed in 2019, with the outside threat that the Cowboys missed this season, the quarterback’s chances of landing a big deal will increase.
Cooper is in the NFL’s brainwashing protocol after suffering the injury last week in Oakland’s loss to Seattle in London.