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.