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After weeks of speculation, the Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys, somehow netting a first-round pick in the process.

Wow. Is Gruden's plan in Oakland finally beginning to make sense?

Cooper, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft, is a bona fide No. 1 receiver.

Nobody is offering the Carolina Panthers a first-round pick for Funchess. According to the rumors, several teams including NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins were interested in Cooper. The passing-game weakness is the clear culprit in the Cowboys' inability to rise to the top of a weak division, and Cooper at least gives them a better chance at legitimate improvement.

Cooper is having an underwhelming season in Oakland, with just 280 receiving yards and one touchdown on 22 catches through six games.

The first - that the WR is in line for a new contract - is temporarily solved by Cooper's apparent complacency to play for Dallas on his current deal. Cooper will count around $4.5 million on Dallas' cap and he'll carry a $13 million hit next season.

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The Dallas Cowboys found their Dez Bryant replacement, it appears.

Jon Gruden continues to trade away the Oakland Raiders roster and now QB Dak Prescott gets another weapon on the offensive side of the ball.

A pro scouting director gave this take on Cooper to Sports Illustrated: "Like, not love".

As a result of today's trade, the Raiders will now have three first round picks in 2019 - their own, the Raiders', and the Bears' pick which they acquired via the Khalil Mack deal.

For Gruden, it's just another step in the rebuild.


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