Cooper was the fourth-overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama three years ago. A first-round pick for a receiver who has 280 yards and just one touchdown through six games in 2018?
Amari Cooper #89 of the Oakland Raiders runs after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during their National Football League game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
Cooper has two games with at least eight catches this year - 10 for 116 in Week 2 at Denver and 8 for 128 and a touchdown against Cleveland in Week 4 - and a total of four catches for 36 yards in the other four games.
Dallas receivers have just one 100-yard game combined through seven games, by Cole Beasley in a Week 6 win over Jacksonville. He is expected to be able to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week to face the Tennessee Titans on November 5. Cooper will count around $4.5 million on Dallas' cap and he'll carry a $13 million hit next season.
Gruden has not blinked through a season in which a 1-5 record has only amplified the criticism he has received for trading away star edge-rusher Khalil Mack before the season.
The disappointing Oakland Raiders can be looked at in a lot of different ways right now, but boring clearly isn't one of them. Since joining the club, Cooper has tallied 225 receptions for 3,183 yards (14.1 avg.) and 19 touchdowns.
Dallas reportedly gave up a first-round pick. That Gruden got a first-rounder for Cooper speaks to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' own desperation as the team's gasbaggy general manager, but it's also the latest in a series of reminders that the Raiders in their current state of disarray essentially are a giant 53-person couch placed out on the front lawn for anyone to grab.