Garrett defends trading first-rounder for Cooper

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Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys paid a hefty price for a big-ticket wide receiver and traded a first-round draft pick for Amari Cooper.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie confirmed the trade Monday. He opened his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and made the Pro Bowl twice, but his numbers have fallen the past two seasons. "We've got pieces now, but we can really rebuild on what we have".

If this is a precursor to the National Football League trade deadline, we're in for a treat this year. "Now, has he been inconsistent?" Wasn't a consistent natural hands guy, and didn't feel like he would take over a game. "I think he's going to do well down in Dallas".

After a day off Tuesday, Raiders players will sit down in the auditorium at their facility Wednesday morning and listen to coach Jon Gruden. And Cowboys receivers haven't made many big plays in their first season without Bryant and retired tight end Jason Witten, the club leader in catches. The previous two deals, for the Seahawks' Joey Galloway and the Lions' Roy Williams, are two of the worst in franchise history.

The Cowboys placed Williams on injured reserve with a foot injury October 6.

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Veteran Brice Butler, who was signed September 18, was released Monday to make room for Cooper on the roster. He's become a hit-or-miss option, ranking 68th in fantasy points per game among wideouts this season. Cooper has been held under 30 yards receiving in 13 of his past 26 games. Cooper has just 22 catches for 280 yards and one TD in six games.

The scout followed up by saying Cooper was a different player in his first two years.

Jerry Jones really wanted to acquire Amari Cooper.

If Cooper provides Prescott, who is signed through 2019, with the outside threat the Cowboys have lacked this season, the quarterback's chances of landing a big deal would increase. He is now in the league's concussion protocol.