The Cowboys completed a trade with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, obtaining wide receiver Amari Cooper for Dallas’s 2019 first-round draft pick.
Less than a day after the Cowboys fell to 0-4 on the road with a 20-17 loss at Washington, the news of the trade feels a bit like too-little, too-late. But it’s important to remember that there’s still more than half of the season remaining and plenty of time for the Cowboys to get on a roll and win the NFC East. Washington has a mere 1.5-game lead and Dallas outplayed the Redskins on Sunday in Washington. The Redskins won thanks to a Dak Prescott fumble at the 1, which Washington linebacker Preston Smith scooped and returned for an easy touchdown.
The big question is: Can Cooper make a bigger impact on the Cowboys’ offense than off-season acquisitions Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns have so far this season?
Cooper had his best season so far in 2016 when he caught 83 passes for 1,153 yards and 5 TDs. That’s a little better than Hurns’ upside (64-1,031-10) and way ahead of Thompson (38-555-2).
Dallas released Brice Butler to make room for Cooper on the roster.