ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson reported on Monday the Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Joseph is expected to be the next former first-round pick to be traded. Cooper shouldn't have trouble pushing for a 20 percent target share, but Dallas is in its fifth consecutive season operating a run-heavy offense and that won't change as long as Ezekiel Elliott is healthy. The Cowboys are a game and a half back of Washington in the NFC East after losing in miserable fashion on Sunday in D.C., and if this trade doesn't turn things around for them offensively it could look really bad. Instead, the Cowboys sit at 3-4, tied with the Eagles for second place. Many believe the Cowboys overpaid for an inconsistent receiver.
Amari Cooper is heading to Dallas.
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.
Dallas receivers have just one 100-yard game combined through seven games, by Cole Beasley in a Week 6 win over Jacksonville.
For Gruden, dealing his most accomplished receiver doesn't compare to the preseason trade that sent two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago. The Raiders, coming off a bye week, are 1-5 as they head into a Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Last year, in 14 games, he only had 680 yards receiving. The former No. 4 overall pick's vast talent was on full display early in his career, opening with two straight 1,000-yard campaigns, but his play has dropped significantly since.
Trading first-round picks for wide receivers hasn't worked out well for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.