Amari Cooper is on his way out of Oakland.
Rumored to be on the trade block for the past week, the wide receiver has been dealt to the Dallas Cowboys, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed Monday to reporters in Alameda.
McKenzie says Stephen Jones called this morning and offered the first round pick. That made things happen.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) October 22, 2018
Teams have been calling about Amari since the offseason
McKenzie says Cooper’s contract situation, or the fact Joel Segal (also Mack’s two) had nothing to do with desire to make a deal.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) October 22, 2018
McKenzie says he and Gruden “are building this (roster) in concert.”— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) October 22, 2018
“We are not tanking this season.”
ESPN's Josina Anderson first reported news of the trade, and ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed the compensation as a first-round pick.
Breaking: A source tells me that WR Amari Cooper will be traded to the Dallas #Cowboys.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 22, 2018
Cowboys traded a first-round pick to Raiders for WR Amari Cooper, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2018
The Raiders got what they were looking for. They have acquired a first round pick from Dallas for Amari Cooper, per @AdamSchefter— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) October 22, 2018
Coach Jon Gruden and the Raiders now will have three first-round selections in 2019 -- their own, the Bears' pick acquired in the Khalil Mack trade and now the Cowboys' choice.
NFL Network reported last week that the Raiders were shopping Cooper and safety Karl Joseph, another former first-round pick.
Cooper, who was Oakland's first-round pick (No. 4 overall) in 2015, was a Pro Bowl selection in his first two seasons, then was plagued by dropped passes and injuries. He ends his Raiders career with 225 catches for 3,183 yards and 19 touchdowns.