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Third time’s the charm? Cowboys take the gamble again

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Dallas Cowboys traded with the Oakland Raiders on Monday to acquire wide receiver Amari Cooper. The Cowboys are sending a 2019 first-round draft pick to the Raiders.

Oakland will now have three first-round draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. They could add another first-round draft pick if they find a taker for safety Karl Joseph by the trade deadline later this month.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams catches a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings

Roy Williams catches a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings (Getty Images)

This is the third such trade that the Cowboys have made for a high-profile wide receiver at the time. However, the previous two were huge failures.

The Seahawks traded Joey Galloway to the Cowboys on February 12th, 2000. In that deal, Seattle acquired a first-round draft pick in the 2000 and 2001 NFL Drafts.

Those picks turned into Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson.

Alexander has numerous NFL and Seattle records. He was also a league MVP in 2005.

In addition, he was named to the NFL’s 2000’s All-Decade team.

He played for the Seahawks from 2000 through 2007. Alexander, the 19th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, appeared in 119 games and made 96 starts in Seattle with 9,429 yards with 100 touchdowns.

Alexander is 8th on the all-time rushing touchdown list. Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson surpassed Alexander this season to move him into eighth.

Robinson played five seasons with the Seahawks. He first played with the team from 2001 through 2004. He returned to the team in 2008 after playing for the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.

In 69 games, he made 64 starts with the Seahawks. He had 244 receptions for 3,567 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Galloway played four seasons with the Cowboys, as he made 48 appearances and 46 starts. He had 151 receptions for 2,341 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Then, on October 14th, 2008, the Detroit Lions traded wide receiver Roy Williams to the Cowboys. In exchange, the Lions received a first-round draft pick, a third-round draft pick, and a sixth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

In addition, the Cowboys also received a seventh-round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from the Lions.

Detroit turned those picks into tight end Brandon Pettigrew, wide receiver Derrick Williams, and running back Aaron Brown.

Dallas then subsequently traded the 2009 seventh-round draft pick from the Lions, along with a 2009 fifth-round draft pick, to the Atlanta Falcons on April 26th, 2009. The trade garnered the Cowboys a 2009 fifth-round draft pick that turned into DeAngelo Smith.

Pettigrew was with the Lions for seven-years. He made 93 appearances, including 85 starts with the team. He had 301 receptions for 2,965 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Williams was a bust, as he only played two seasons with the team. He appeared in 18 games, including one start. He had nine receptions for 82 yards. He also had one carry for four yards.

He also had 42 kickoff returns for 931 yards.

Brown was also a bust, as he played in 22 games, including two starts with the Lions. He had 45 carries for 189 yards. He also had 18 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown.

He also had 42 kickoff returns for 951 yards.

Williams played three seasons with the Cowboys. He made 40 appearances, including 29 starts, and had 94 receptions for 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns.


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