Cowboys exec Stephen Jones shades Raiders over Amari Cooper trade
The acquisition of Amari Cooper in October without question contributed significantly to the Dallas Cowboys turning around their 2018 season.
Given how the trade was a boon for the Cowboys, it’s hardly surprising team brass have no regrets over giving up a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the superstar wide receiver.
With all that in mind, Cowboys executive vice president, CEO and director of player personnel Stephen Jones could not help but take a dig at the Raiders while speaking to reporters Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind.
Cowboys Stephen Jones in a draft season without a first-round pick: “When the Raiders pick with our pick, we’ll be watching Amari [Cooper] highlight tape.”— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 26, 2019
Big things were expected out of Cooper immediately upon the Cowboys’ acquisition of the wideout that was languishing on a feeble Raiders team. Even Cooper himself could scarcely contain his excitement upon his arrival in Big D, and the even thee superstar receiver Cooper effectively replaced on the Cowboys praised the move.
Even with the high expectations, it could be argued Cooper exceeded the Cowboys’ optimism. In nine games, Cooper hauled in 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns. The Cowboys posted a 7-2 record with Cooper dominating on offense while going on to secure the NFC East division title.
The Raiders, as noted, received the Cowboys’ first-round pick in the upcoming draft, which will be the 27th selection. Odds are the Cowboys probably won’t be watching Cooper highlight reels at the exact moment the Raiders use their original pick, but the meaning behind Jones’ slight is obvious.