Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Garrett defends trading first-rounder for Cooper

Garrett defends trading first-rounder for Cooper

Monday afternoon, the Cowboys acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders for a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, according to multiple media reports.

Dallas (3-4) has struggled to score points while losing all four road games, including 20-17 on Sunday at Washington.

While the compensation was much better than most expected, it now seems that the downtrodden Raiders are going into fire-sale mode ahead of the October 30 trade deadline.

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

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.

The deal makes sense for the Raiders, as they now sit at 1-5 on the season and Cooper has been mediocre at best. While the trades of young Pro Bowlers Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper were jarring in and of themselves, it was the way they were handled that is bothering veteran players.

"I hate to see good players go, but I was on the practice field when Reggie came to me and said the Cowboys would do this for a No. 1 and I said, 'Let's do it, '" Raiders coach Jon Gruden told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Over six games this season, he has 22 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Williams was drafted seventh overall by the Lions in 2004. The former Texas standout's first season with Dallas was his best, with 596 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.

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