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.More news: Khashoggi criticises Saudi prince in newly released interview
The Dallas Cowboys found their Dez Bryant replacement, it appears.
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.