If the Cowboys don't do those things, or Cooper fails to assimilate into the team's offense in the season's second half, his trade will wind up on the long list of ambitious, reckless deals made by the Joneses when they felt their backs were against the wall.
Dallas reportedly gave up a first-round pick.
Those teams also don't play in the NFC East, which the Redskins lead with a 4-2 record.
Dallas receivers have just one 100-yard game combined through seven games, by Cole Beasley in a Week 6 win over Jacksonville. The passing-game weakness is the clear culprit in the Cowboys' inability to rise to the top of a weak division, and Cooper at least gives them a better chance at legitimate improvement.
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The fourth-year receiver has 22 receptions for 280 yards and a touchdown in six games for the Raiders this season.
Now Cooper is expected to come in and save the Cowboys season with just nine games left.
When Jon Gruden and Co. traded Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in September, it became clear that the Raiders were hitting the reset button and looking toward their future in Las Vegas. Oakland is tanking like none other, sitting at 1-5 and now armed with three first-round picks for the 2019 draft. McKenzie helped build the foundation that earned the Raiders a playoff berth in 2016 after a 14-year drought - the foundation Gruden is destroying. Recently, we'd heard rumors that Amari Cooper, Oakland's star receiver, was on the trade block, although Gruden denied knowing anything about that.