Raiders acquire first-round selection, trade wide receiver Amari Cooper

Jerry Jones repeated his mistake in trading a first-round pick for Amari Cooper

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Cowboys executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones called last week to say he'd check in on Cooper on Monday and offered the first-round pick that the Raiders were holding out for before making a deal.

Cooper, who only has 22 catches for 280 yards and one touchdown in six games this season, will take over as the top option in Dallas' passing game once he returns to the field. He started his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had two 100-yard games this year, but had just two targets and one catch since the second of those games.

The Cowboys entered the season hoping a committee of receivers could make up the production lost when Dez Bryant was released in the offseason.

The 24-year-old Cooper - five years younger than Bryant - was placed in the concussion protocol after leaving Oakland's last game against Seattle on October 14.

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Gruden was never going to pay Cooper top-five receiver money - which would most likely surpass $16 million in average annual value - because the 24-year-old isn't even a top-10 wideout. Given that the Raiders have already traded their two best players in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, everyone seems to be on the block.

Oakland figures to have a good shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 2019 and has three first-rounders with the Cooper trade. Cooper has 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns in three-plus seasons.

The last time the Cowboys made a major in-season trade for a wide receiver was in 2008, when they acquired Roy Williams and a seventh-round pick from the Detroit Lions for their first-, third- and sixth-round picks.

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