The Raiders may have broke the NFL today. It’s recently been confirmed that wide receiver Amari Cooper has been traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a first-round pick. While the general consensus is that the Cowboys were only bidding against themselves and have massively overpaid, it may not be the case after all.
I’m told the Eagles offered a second-round pick to the Raiders for Amari Cooper last week. Raiders held out for a 1. Got it today from Philly’s NFC East rival. Colts also had interest. @AroundTheNFL @nflnetwork
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) October 22, 2018
That’s right. Howie Roseman reportedly offered a second-round pick for the 24-year old wideout last week.
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The Eagles clearly need receiving help and someone to take the top off the defense, something they lost when Mike Wallace went down with injury. But was Cooper really the answer?
The 2x Pro-Bowler had a blistering start to his NFL career, registering consecutive 1,000 yard seasons which contained 72 receptions. However in the last 20 games, he’s totaled just 960 yards and 8 scores. Many teams would still give their left leg for that sort of production, but it’s very uncharacteristic for a wideout who was once considered one of the league’s best.
Not only that, but there have been swirling reports of a ‘declining work ethic’ and questionable ‘love for the game’. To be fair, I think most Raiders would have that emotional torment playing under Gruden, but it’s not encouraging.
The key here is that the Eagles have been aggressive in the trade window after all…but will anything materialize? Have they dodged a bullet or potentially been shot by one? Only time will tell…
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