NFL trade news: Raiders send WR Amari Cooper to Cowboys

Amari Cooper is heading to Dallas.

The Raiders have traded the receiver to the Cowboys for a first-round draft pick, general manager Reggie McKenzie announced Monday. 

“It was an opportunity that I felt I couldn’t pass on,” McKenzie told reporters, via the team’s website. “To get a first-round pick, in this business here, I thought was invaluable. It’s something that I felt like I had to do moving forward for this organization. I love Amari. … I just felt when I got a call from (Cowboys CEO) Stephen Jones this morning, he put it on the table, what he wanted to do, and he wanted the player, and he gave me the pick, and that’s what it came down to.”

According to earlier reports, the Cowboys were calling around to those who know Cooper to assess him and see if he would be a good fit with the team.

Cooper has been in the concussion protocol since Oakland’s loss to the Seahawks last week in London. The Raiders were on a bye for Week 7 and the Cowboys will be on a bye for Week 8, giving the 24-year-old enough time to clear the protocol when Dallas takes the field again Nov. 5 against the Titans.

Cooper, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has just 22 catches for 280 yards and one touchdown in his first six games this season.