The Dallas Cowboys have been searching for a No. 1 wide receiver even before officially releasing Dez Bryant, but now they may have their man, depending on which Amari Cooper they're getting in this semi-blockbuster trade.
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. The Raiders general manager, Reggie McKenzie, said on Monday his team will get the Cowboys' pick in the 2019 draft. A first-round pick for a receiver who has 280 yards and just one touchdown through six games in 2018?
Cooper, a fourth-year pro out of Alabama, is a star, and the Cowboys paid a star price for him.
Jon Gruden doesn't often draw praise for his work as the Raiders' shadow GM. A win in that game would have given Dallas the lead in the NFC East. But few believed the Cowboys were desperate enough to give away their future first round pick in an attempt to save their season. He's no Odell Beckham, but he does give the Cowboys a reliable weapon that can hurt the Eagles where they're most vulnerable.
Cooper is entering his fifth-year option next season.
The biggest move, and the most controversial one, from the Raiders was dealing Khalil Mack to the Bears for a pair of first round pick, which was only made worse by Mack being great, the Raiders being terrible rushing the passer, and Gruden continuously wondering why that was. The trade of Cooper has some serious dynasty ramifications.
For Gruden, it's just another step in the rebuild.