The Raiders are awful again, and are reportedly ready to trade some of their most valuable assets — including WR Amari Cooper. Should the Jets have interest?
Cooper — the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 Draft — left the Raiders’ Week 6 loss due to a concussion and has had a down 2018 so far after having just 48 receptions for 680 yards in 2017. But he was highly productive during his first two years in the league when the Raiders were actually competitive.
He had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie season in 2015 as the Raiders went 7-9. During Oakland’s 12-4 season in 2016, Cooper reeled in 83 catches for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns.
The Raiders are looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Cooper, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. That asking price is insane, though, and it’s hard to see any team meeting it.
The 24-year-old Cooper will make just over $450,000 for the rest of the season if he is traded. However, his fifth-year option for the 2019 season would cost any acquiring team $13.9 million.
The Jets lost Quincy Enunwa to an ankle injury during their Week 6 win over the Colts, and it’s not yet known how much time he might miss. Among their other receivers, the Jets have gotten decent production from Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, and Terrelle Pryor. But only one of them has ever had 1,000 receiving yards or more during their career (Pryor in 2016).
New York can certainly use another target for rookie QB Sam Darnold, and Cooper — a two-time Pro Bowl selection — could be a perfect fit if he’s able to recapture some of his magic from 2015 and 2016.