Cowboys acquiring WR Amari Cooper from Raiders
Jon Gruden’s teardown of GM Reggie McKenzie’s progress continued Monday with another bombshell.
The Oakland Raiders agreed to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 first-spherical find, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday.
There are two sides to this deal: First, the ramifications of another trade within a Raiders group that has grow to be in a distinct route below Gruden in his first year. After Gruden kicked off the season by sending Khalil Mack to Chicago, he’s adopted suit by jettisoning another young, proficient McKenzie find.
This time, though, the haul appears to be like a tad greater. After two straight seasons of seventy two or extra receptions, 1,000-plus yards and 5-plus touchdowns, Cooper has struggled to bag his plan. Ultimate season, he dealt with working routes in an offense that was as soon as hindered by a again wound to Derek Carr. This season, he’s dealt with an offense that is been dull and, as a rule, lifeless.
No longer a ton of ambition from Oakland’s offense with Amari Cooper this year, though that is now not any longer as sinister as some varied route charts they’ve produced in 2018. pic.twitter.com/aJzLVNi5Uj
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October 22, 2018
Cooper’s numbers own reflected that downturn. Within the final two seasons mixed (20 games), he’s caught 70 passes for 960 yards and eight touchdowns. A lot of teams would tranquil protect conclude that kind of production, nonetheless that is now not any longer worth a first-spherical find, even with two Pro Bowls below his belt.
Which brings us to the 2d aspect of the deal. Dallas, tranquil in opponents for the NFC East in 2018 nonetheless lacking a lunge-to receiver within the wake of the departure of Dez Bryant, sends a 2019 first-rounder to Oakland (which now has three of them in 2019) for who the Cowboys seemingly watch as their No. 1 receiver for future years. Cooper has that ability, in truth, and has proven the ability to plan when in an offense that is now not any longer disjointed or downright dysfunctional.
However sending a first on the eve of Week eight does seem desperate. In relation to the long game, Cooper is per chance worth it. However that moreover involves banking on whether he can set apart a rapport with Dak Prescott (or, per chance, whoever succeeds him at the effort), and on Cooper returning to his 2016 plan in a brand contemporary offense.
It moreover speaks to the heat of the seat upon which Jason Garrett sits.
Within the immediate, Cooper heads a crew that is rather balanced. The fourth-year wideout joins Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley and rookie Michael Gallup. Hurns weighed in on the trade, telling NFL Network’s Jane Slater that Cooper is a “welcome boost. Dude’s a baller.”
Cooper ought to tranquil moreover aid Dallas plan extra alternatives within the passing game. Based utterly on Next Gen Stats, Cooper’s Three.eight moderate yards of separation per target (fourth-most life like within the NFL among receivers with 30-plus targets) is a corpulent 1.6 yards greater than the collective moderate posted by Cowboys receivers, which is the worst within the NFL.
In theory, a receiver with extra dwelling ought to tranquil yield extra production. Dallas is hoping that is the case in 2018 and beyond. The receiver is below contract through 2019 on a fifth-year rookie choice that is scheduled to pay him $thirteen.9 million.
McKenzie, within the period in-between, was as soon as commence referring to the deal, at the same time because it appears to be like as though this year’s personnel moves own, as NFL Media’s Jim Trotter mentioned on The Aftermath on Monday, wasted the final 5 years in Oakland. The huge majority of these years included work finished by McKenzie, turning a moribund franchise into a 12-4 crew and legit Gigantic Bowl contender sooner than their hopes were reduce again off by a broken leg suffered by Carr.
“We made a trade nowadays to the Dallas Cowboys,” McKenzie mentioned in an impromptu session with reporters, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Michael Gehlken. “It’s a trade that we feel it was as soon as an opportunity that I might possibly now not lunge on to bag a first-spherical find. On this commercial right here, I believed that was as soon as pleasant for me. It was as soon as one thing I felt love I had to plan.”
Learn between the strains there, and throughout the a pair of refusals to comment from within Oakland’s locker room, as you watch fit. McKenzie, who denied rumors of Gruden trying to push him out — “we work together very smartly,” McKenzie mentioned, per The Athletic’s Vic Tafur — went on to current he purchased masses of offers from teams in a job that he mentioned “purchased comparatively haywire.”
NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported the Philadelphia Eagles were moreover bidding for Cooper, offering a 2d-spherical want for the receiver final week. Within the halt, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones dialed McKenzie and made him a proposal he might possibly now not refuse.
“He wanted the player, and he gave me the find,” McKenzie mentioned. “That’s what it came all of the device down to.”
The Raiders are now outfitted with three first-spherical picks within the 2019 draft as Gruden aims to remake the Silver and Dark in his image, scowl and all. He’ll moreover own $seventy four million in cap dwelling coming into the 2019 offseason, stocking him with ammunition to make as many moves as he sees fit.
This seemingly is now not any longer the halt of the in-season reshaping, both. Rapoport reported Monday every Raider is available within the market with the exception of for one: Carr. And per how this Oakland season is trending, at the least a form of first-spherical picks will be comparatively excessive within the draft describe.
The league’s oldest roster will soon become one of its youngest as a hasty trade picks up tempo with every month that passes.