While in Dallas on Wednesday for the NFL owners meetings, owner Mark Davis tried to offer an explanation to the Oakland Raiders seemingly inexplicable decision to trade standout receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s a decision that’s becoming more foolish by the day with Cooper, the fourth overall pick by the Raiders in 2015, putting on a spectacular show with the Cowboys over the past six weeks.
Cooper has led the Cowboys (8-5) to five wins in six games and first place in the NFC East while leading the NFL in receiving yards (642), first downs (23), first downs on third down (11) and receptions on third down (13). He is tied for the most receiving touchdowns (six).
Davis told reporters at the meetings that Cooper was a great player but just wasn’t a good fit for the Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s West Coast offense, which emphasizes the short pass over the deep ball.
“He was a great, great player. We always had the fastest guy on the field no matter what,” Davis said. “It just didn’t work out in our system. In the future, we might be saying, ‘Damn’.”
Cooper was asked about Davis’ comments on Thursday and scoffed.
Cooper said Gruden nor then general manager Reggie McKenzie made the decision to trade him. It was Davis and Davis alone.
He said Gruden didn’t even know about the trade and it was one that McKenzie didn’t want to make.