Jon Gruden has taken the NFL by storm with his whole trading-away-everybody-on-the-Oakland-Raiders philosophy since returning to being a head coach. His latest big move came on Monday when he dealt Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round pick.
The Cooper trade marked the third one that the Cowboys have struck with Gruden since March. Dallas isn’t a team that has necessarily been super active on the trade market in seasons past, but for whatever reason they don’t mind dabbling with Oakland.
It’s important to remember that these were three separate trades and not all lumped together, but let’s take a look at what each team received overall.
Dallas has turned two draft picks and a receiver they didn’t plan on using into two receivers (that sixth-rounder became Tavon Austin), a fullback, and a defensive tackle that didn’t make their roster. Obviously the Cowboys gave up a first-round pick and that’s a steep price to pay, but their previous trades with Oakland have sort of been alright.
At this point nobody is going to remember that the Cowboys also traded for Jamize Olawale from the Raiders. Amari Cooper has to be a superstar or they’re going to look like the fools. That’s the way this works.
Still though, it’s fascinating that the Cowboys and Raiders are seemingly fans of one another. Who would have thought? Cooper also marks the third first-round pick of the Raiders this century to play for the Cowboys at one point in time. Both Rolando McClain and Darren McFadden were serviceable during their days in Dallas, the expectations are definitely going to be higher for the latest one, though.