The Cowboys didn’t make a trade to “replace’’ Dez Bryant. But sources told me earlier this afternoon that Dallas would acquire Brice Butler in a “cheap’’ trade with Oakland, and that deal is now done - with the hope that the Raiders ex can be a “bottom-of-the-rotation’’ receiver in Dallas.
Bryant underwent surgery in Monday to repair a broken bone in his foot. Butler — a 6-3, 215-pound former seventh-round pick who has run a 4.37 40 - doesn’t greatly impact the Cowboys in a way that makes up for Dez, one of the game’s best talents who is hoping to be back sooner than the oft-suggested eight-week rehab.
In fact, Butler, 25, wasn’t even active last week for Oakland. But he does have some numbers that jump off the page, as our buddy Dane Brugler illustrates ...
And if he’s on the 53-man roster in Dallas for at least six games, which is certainly the Cowboys’ plan, they’ll give up a fifth-round pick in 2016 for the Raiders’ sixth-rounder. This idea with Butler, the team told me before the trade, gives Dallas more value than the players it considered on Tuesday morning, which included young NFL vets Hakeem Nicks, Austin Pettis, Clyde Gates and Nick Toon. (Gates and Toon emerged as the best two, for what it's worth.)
Butler played three years of college football at USC and one year at San Diego State and last year for Oakland caught 21 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. He’s not near ready to contribute this week at Philadelphia the way Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Gavin Escobar (a Butler teammate in college), Lance Dunbar and other supporting cast members are. But Butler tweeted excitedly about his move to Dallas.
“Appreciate the Raider Nation for standing by me!! I’ll never forget you guys!!” Butler wrote. “Now it’s time to play for Americas team! Cowboys Nation I’m coming!!!”