Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?

    The deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the , then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.

    On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.

    is a good , but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.

    Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a and a . Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End and Wide Receiver .

    Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.

    Jared Cook – Tight End

    You've heard the adage, “if you can't beat em, join em.” Well, this is the reverse of that. “If he always beats you, acquire him.”

    That's what Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.

    That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in . It was a perfectly thrown ball by and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to 's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.

    Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the are the only teams in the with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than 's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated .

    Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the .

    At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.

    No offense to , who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.

    Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.

    Jordy Nelson – Wide Receiver

    I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.

    At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.

    His numbers — 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns — would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.

    Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.

    Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the .

    Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past so if you cut him in the , you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 , but would get $7.2 million in savings.

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    Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.

    The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.

    What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?


    John Williams
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    Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.


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    Michael Glenn

    For both Cooper and Cook, i’d let the Raiders have a 2nd round pick. Or maybe we could get away with just giving the Raiders a 3rd rounder plus a player like Bo Scarborough. Lord knows he’ll never see the field anyway. A second rounder may see like a high price, but you’re getting two offensive starters that can play immediately. And clearly TE and WR are HUGE needs for this team!!! The NFL draft is a crap-shoot anyway so at least you’re getting two productive players who can help you RIGHT NOW! Just look at a few of our 2nd rounders from the last few years. Randy Gregory, a drug addict and a one-legged Jaylon Smith. Jerry and Stephen need to get their head out of their ass and get a deal done for the trade deadline!

    John Williams

    Nah, I’d offer a fifth for each or a 4th and a sixth.

    Jaylon’s been one of their better players, Gregory got you a sack today. I’d like the players, but I’m not giving up a second round pick for either or both.


    no thanks, we don’t need older players coming in here. if they didn’t go after them when they were available why would they now.

    we can sit here and blame the WR’s all day but a majority of this in on the QB. someone please tell me who sam darnold has to throw to, what elite wr’s does he have?

    FYI….bo is gone. and 54 has been playing!

    John Williams

    Well. Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, and Jermaine Kearse are pretty good wide receivers. You may not know who they are but they’re better than anyone we have aside from Beasley.

    You could be free of both those guys this offseason as neither has a guarantee left after this season.


    point is they are not elite or WR’s that are discussed with the big name WR’s in the league.

    i know who they are and they are better because they have a better QB.


    Our tight ends are gonna be fine (especially with Swaim improving and Gathers, who will be starting by December)! The only one of the 3 I would take, would be Nelson. His age is the only worry, and I would offer a 5 (thinking he will probably cost me a 4). I would not give a higher pick for his age … no way.