Although the Oakland Raiders have been adamant to teams that they want a first-round draft pick in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Dallas Cowboys have researched him extensively in recent days, league sources told ESPN. Dallas is now 29th in yards per game.
The Cowboys giving up a first-rounder shows how desperate they are to give quarterback Dak Prescott more options in the passing game. Recently, we'd heard rumors that Amari Cooper, Oakland's star receiver, was on the trade block, although Gruden denied knowing anything about that.
The Cowboys lost to Washington 20-17 on Sunday when Brett Maher's game-tying field goal attempt in the final seconds clanged off the upright. With the trades, the Raiders now have $74 million in cap space and three first-round picks entering the 2019 offseason.
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Cole Beasley leads the Cowboys with 33 catches for 350 yards and two touchdowns.
Now in the NFL's concussion protocol, Cooper should take over as the top option in a Dallas receiving corps that has struggled mightily this season. Cooper has just 22 catches for 280 yards and one TD in six games.
This last time a desperate Cowboys team made a midseason trade for a receiver came in 2008 when they gave up first- and third-round draft picks to acquire receiver Roy Williams from the Detroit Lions. The franchise now has three first-round picks next season. He had no catches and was targeted just once in Oakland's loss to the Seahawks last week.