Written by: Shawn Digity (@DIGITYnodoubt)
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The trade deadline for the NFL—October 30th to be exact— is quickly approaching and the floodgates have now officially opened for the last few major trades. On Monday afternoon, breaking news was announced that Amari Cooper, wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a first-round pick.
There’s a lot to dissect with this trade. The Cowboys were starving for wide receiver help. They released Dez Bryant a few months ago before the season started, and the rest of the unit has left a lot to be desired. Third-round rookie Michael Gallop out of Colorado State was highly regarded before the season kicked off, but he’s had some trouble finding his footing. Cole Beasley is a solid possession receiver, but he should not be any teams first option. Allen Hurns is maybe a fourth or fifth pass catcher, and Terrance Williams is just a guy at this point in his career. Also, he’s suspended. The trade has allowed the Cowboys to get that big-name receiver that they so desperately need.
The interesting thing about this trade is that the Raiders somehow finessed a first-round pick out of the Cowboys. I was taken aback that Jon Gruden was able to get that much for Amari Cooper. Cooper, however, will be better than any of the receiver that’ll be available in the first round in the 2019 Draft, so it’s hard to poke too much fun at the Cowboys. This also give the Raiders three first-round picks in next April’s draft. Teams that have gotten three first-rounders are pretty rare. The Browns and Vikings both had this opportunity in 2017 and 2013, respectively, but the latter did so by trading back into the first on the night of, which is slightly different.
The Raiders have, and probably will continue to, amass major draft capital for next spring.Gruden can use that opportunity to improve his standing as a madman for trading Khalil Mack. If it were any other team they’d be praised for these moves, but, as it stands the Raiders are perceived as a dumpster fire and football fans are watching to see how big it gets.