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Cowboys Trade For Wide Receiver Cooper

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Cary Erickson | 23 October, 2018, 01:24

The Dallas Cowboys have been searching for a No. 1 wide receiver even before officially releasing Dez Bryant, but now they may have their man, depending on which Amari Cooper they're getting in this semi-blockbuster trade.

The Dallas Cowboys are desperate for a No. 1 receiver no more. He started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had two 100-yard games this season, but had just two targets and one catch since the second of those games. Follow 105.3 The Fan for the latest details.

Cooper has had three or fewer catches in 12 of his last 20 played; he has 60 or more receiving yards in just 7 of his last 28 games played.

Cooper, from the University of Alabama, was taken with the fourth overall pick in the first round in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Raiders.

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Rapoport reported Cooper's fifth-year option for $13.9 million comes off the books for Oakland.

The Cowboys are not alone; the Raiders have heard inquiries on Cooper from, among others, the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts, according to a league source. But it is another example of the Raiders (1-5) looking to the future.

Oakland, meanwhile, appears all-in on a rebuild and now will have three first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft after acquiring another first-rounder from the Chicago Bears in the Khalil Mack trade.

Dallas reportedly gave up a first-round pick. In 2017, Cooper notched 48 catches and 680 yards with seven touchdowns before watching his production slip further to start 2018, with 22 receptions and 280 yards, accompanied by a single score. That is elite receiver money and Cooper is not an elite receiver, and then you remember the Cowboys are giving up a first round pick that right now would be in the top 10.