Rumors swirled for the past week that the Raiders were seeking a trade for wide receiver Amari Cooper. Now it’s done, with Cooper headed for Dallas according to multiple reports. Jerraud Powers first reported it with Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter later confirming it.
Amari Cooper to Dallas for 2019 1st round pick....straight up deal.. COWBOYS gets their guy— Jerraud Powers (@JPowers25) October 22, 2018
The 2015 first round pick yields a first round pick in return from the Cowboys, giving the Raiders three first round picks in the 2019 draft.
Along with Cooper, the reports had the Raiders shopping Karl Joseph. Gruden was asked following the Raiders’ loss to the Seahawks in London last week about the reports he was the team was shopping Cooper. He denied it.
“I don’t know. I haven’t heard that,” said Gruden. “I’m not -- I’m not -- you know, I’m just sorry to have to deal with a lot of these reports. . . he’s going to be a big part of our pass offense and we’ll see what happens here.”
Coop — a former 4th overall pick — makes the latest in a string of former Reggie McKenzie highly drafted picks to be shipped along with 2014 5th overall pick Khalil Mack, 2016 second round pick Jihad Ward — also traded to Dallas. Obi Melifonwu, who was selected in round two in 2017, was waived as well and placed on injured reserve.
This leaves just Derek Carr, Karl Joseph, and Gareon Conley as the only players drafted by the Raiders in the top two rounds prior to this year who are on the active roster.