Should Titans pursue Amari Cooper?

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NASHVILLE, TN- SEPTEMBER 10: Wide Receiver Amari Cooper #89 of the Oakland Raiders is wrapped up by Corner Back Adoree’ Jackson #25 of the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter at Nissan Stadium on September 10, 2017 In Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Time to play the trade game… The Titans declined to address the wide receiver position in the Spring and in the Summer and now that Fall is here it’s a clear problem. 

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the Raiders are making Amari Cooper available for a 1st round pick. 

Cooper unquestionably has talent, he was the 4th overall pick in 2015 and posted back to back 1,000-yard seasons to start his career. For whatever reason though the stats show his play is declining. 

Amari Cooper by the numbers –  
2015 – 72 Rec. 1,070 Yards 6 TD’s 
2016 – 83 Rec. 1,153 Yards 5 TD’s 
2017 – 48 Rec. 680 Yards 7 TD’s 
2018 – 22 Rec. 280 Yards 1 TD 

This season has been a real head-scratcher, as has everything during this Gruden 2.0 experience. He’s averaging only five targets a game and has had two receptions or fewer in four of six games. That means in four of six games he’s been a complete non-factor. 

So, the Raiders want a first round pick for him and I get it, they used the 4th overall pick on him, but……. he’s not worth it. 

In my book he’s worth a 2. If he was a dominant receiver, he would be worth a 1, the stats show he’s no longer dominant and that’s probably why he’s available. So, let’s take a 1 off the board. 

Not convinced? Well, he’s only got one year left on his deal. The Raiders picked up his option for 2019 and he’s due a whopping $13.924-million dollars next season. So, they want a team to give up a 1 and $13-million for a guy whose numbers are declining, and they may not be able to keep long term and may not even be worth the $13 million he’s due next year. 

Again, let’s take the 1 off the board. 

Having said that, for a 2 I would seriously consider it. That could me breaking my rule and using “hope” as a strategy or watching the Titans not score a TD three of the last four weeks and understanding they need better players on the perimeter to match with Corey Davis.

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