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Report: Cowboys called Jack Del Rio, Nick Saban before Amari Cooper trade

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Report: Cowboys called Jack Del Rio, Nick Saban before Amari Cooper trade

Before the Raiders traded Amari Cooper to them last week, the Dallas Cowboys reportedly had some calls to make on the wide receiver. 

The Cowboys wanted to ensure Cooper was worth sending a first-round draft pick to Oakland for, and all reports came back with glowing reviews, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources.

According to Schefter, the Cowboys' front office called former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Cowboys fullback Jamize Olawale -- who played with Cooper on the Raiders for three seasons -- among others. 

Del Rio coached Cooper for three seasons in Oakland, from 2015 through 2017. Cooper was a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for Del Rio and totaled 2,903 receiving yards with 18 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons. 

Saban coached Cooper for three years at Alabama, where the receiver was a star before being the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Cooper had 3,463 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns in his three seasons in college, was a Consensus All-American in his junior year and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in college.

Former Raiders receiver Brice Butler says he worked out for Oakland

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Former Raiders receiver Brice Butler says he worked out for Oakland

Brice Butler is hoping his NFL career comes full circle.

Selected by the Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Butler spent two seasons in Oakland before they traded him to Dallas.

Now, after bouncing from the Cowboys to the Miami Dolphins, Butler is hoping to make a return to the Raiders.

NFL Network's Jane Slater reported Friday that Butler told her he worked out for the Raiders ahead of their Week 3 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

Butler appeared in eight games between the Cowboys and Dolphins last season, and he caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.

In his two seasons with the Raiders, Butler caught 30 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns.

The Raiders were expecting to have a deep wide receivers group, but they released Antonio Brown on the eve of the regular season. That forced offseason acquisition Tyrell Williams to slide into the No. 1 spot.

And while Williams has produced over the first two games, the rest of the group hasn't. Aside from Williams' 11 receptions and tight end Darren Waller's 13 catches, no other Raiders receiver has more than six (rookie Hunter Renfrow).

Ryan Grant and Dwayne Harris have combined for five receptions.

[RELATED: Brown already receiving interest from teams]

So bringing back a veteran like Butler might not be the worst idea in the world for the Raiders.

But if coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are already working out free agents, it tells you they are concerned about the group they have.

Raiders featured in eight of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays', including No. 1

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Raiders featured in eight of NFL's '100 Greatest Plays', including No. 1

Who doesn’t love an anniversary?

As the NFL celebrates 100 years of existence, the league has released its list of the top 100 plays from its first century.

The Oakland Raiders are involved in eight of the plays on the list, including seven of them that made it into the top 30. 

Most of the Raiders’ appearances in the countdown are positive plays for the team, but several -- including the No. 1 play in NFL history -- might leave some nostalgic fans in a somber mood

You can see each clip below, with the exception of No. 61, featuring Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown.

[RELATED: Five Raiders to watch in Week 3: All eyes on Josh Jacobs]

Maybe the 2019 version of the Raiders can be inspired by all of this past success, as they prepare to face off with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.