Oakland Raiders Trade WR Amari Cooper to Dallas Cowboys for First-Round Draft Pick

The Dallas Cowboys have finally addressed their need for a primary receiver.

The Cowboys acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders via trade in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick, as first reported by ESPN's Josina Anderson.

"I got a call from (Cowboys vice president) Stephen Jones this morning, he put it on the table, what he wanted to do, and he wanted the player, and he gave me the pick, and that's what it came down to," Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said while officially confirming the trade on Monday.

Oakland now has three first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft after acquiring the Chicago Bears' selection in exchange for Pro Bowl linebacker Khalil Mack last month.

Cooper, who was selected by Oakland at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, made consecutive Pro Bowl appearances during his first two NFL seasons. However, he was limited to just 48 catches for 680 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 appearances last season.

Cooper is currently in the concussion protocol after experiencing a big hit during the Raiders' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in London eight days ago.

On Sunday, ESPN reported that three teams -- the Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins -- had expressed interest in the fourth-year receiver. McKenzie confirmed that he had heard from several teams but was holding out for a first-round pick, which Dallas offered.

"I think he's a first-round player, that's why I had to get that first-round pick," McKenzie said. "Now, has he been inconsistent? Absolutely. But, has he shown greatness? Absolutely. The consistency is something that I'm sure he's worked on, and this guy's still a young player. I think he's going to do well down in Dallas."

The Cowboys are currently 3-4 and coming off a 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Dallas has lacked in wide receiver production since Dez Bryant was released in the offseason.

The Cowboys were reportedly interested in signing free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins prior to the season but he instead agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dallas selected wide receiver Michael Gallup in the third round and added veterans Tavon Austin, Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson to a corps that already included Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams this past offseason.

The Cowboys also signed veteran Brice Butler on Sept. 18 and placed Williams on injured reserve due to a foot injury on Oct. 6. Williams was also suspended for three games last week after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Dallas' passing attack currently ranks No. 29 in the NFL. Beasley leads all Cowboys receivers with 33 receptions for 350 yards and two touchdowns while no other receiver has recorded more than 13 catches.

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