The NFL Trade Deadline passed on the day before Halloween, and while there were some fairly big moves made, it was an underwhelming deadline for many, as a few reportedly disgruntled players remained with their teams. Still, quite a few clubs did well for themselves, while others weren’t so fortunate.

NFL Trade Deadline Winner #4: Oakland Raiders

Amari Cooper

The Raiders were ridiculed for their trade of star pass rusher Khalil Mack before the season began, but they were on the other end of the spectrum with their most recent deal.

In 2015, Oakland held the fourth overall pick, which they spent on Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. The selection seemed justified, as Cooper made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons, catching 155 passes for 2,223 yards and 11 touchdowns over that period.

However, a closer look revealed that Cooper wasn’t living up to his billing. He struggled to do the one thing that wide receivers are paid to do: catch the ball. He has led the league in drops twice so far. That’s a major issue for such a high draft pick. Cooper excels at getting separation and has the speed to take the top off the defense, but none of that matters if he can’t be trusted to make the catch.

Jon Gruden, Raiders, Amari Cooper

Entering a rebuild, the Raiders decided that the Cooper experiment was over and set out to trade him. Reports stated Oakland was seeking a first-round pick in return for Cooper, but nearly everyone thought that asking price was ridiculous. Would a team really give up a valuable first-rounder for a receiver with bad hands who was owed nearly $14 million in 2019 and seeking a lucrative extension afterward?

The answer was yes. Only one general manager in the NFL was crazy enough to do it, and that GM was Jerry Jones. Now, the Raiders own three first-round picks in 2019 and are free from the albatross of Cooper’s drops and contract.

In addition, the team was rumored to be shopping second-year cornerback Gareon Conley, who was a first-round selection in 2017. No good reason was ever given for this, but Conley ended up staying put. His playing time should increase as veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie announced his retirement this week. Trading a young prospect after barely giving him a chance to play would have been a mistake.

NFL Trade Deadline Loser #3: Dallas Cowboys

Amari Cooper

To be fair, this trade could end up being a good deal for the Cowboys, if Cooper regains his 2016 form. At this point, however, it looks like Dallas was swindled.

Giving up a first-rounder for Cooper was supposed to throw a wrench in the WR trade market, which would’ve made the Cooper appear less pricey. That certainly didn’t happen, as Golden Tate and Demariyus Thomas were dealt for third and fourth-round selections, respectively.

Jones and company are banking on the wide receiver corps being responsible for Dak Prescott’s regression. While the group of Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, and Michael Gallup wasn’t great, it isn’t a good excuse for Prescott’s poor play. Cooper will certainly help, but is he worth losing out on a first-round pick which the Cowboys could have used to take advantage of a strong pass rusher class? That remains to be seen.

NFL Trade Deadline Winner #3: Detroit Lions

Damon Harrison, Giants
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The Lions may have had the most well-rounded deadline. They had two main objectives: improve their defense and obtain a draft pick in exchange for pending free agent Golden Tate.

They accomplished both with flying colors.

Detroit landed Giants defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison” for a fifth-round pick. There really isn’t a good reason why Harrison was traded for so little. He turns 30 in November and is owed a little under $16 million through the 2020 season, but he is arguably the best run-stopper in the NFL and should still be an elite player by the time his contract is up. Detroit needed an immediate impact, and they got one in Harrison.

While the Lions brought in an excellent player, they also traded one away. Wide receiver Golden Tate was dealt to the Eagles in exchange for a third-round selection. This trade does make the team worse this year, but it was necessary.

Tate was in the last year of his contract, and rather than see him walk away for nothing in the offseason, Detroit sent him to a contender for a high price. In addition to gaining a valuable pick, Tate’s departure will open up more opportunities for second-year player Kenny Golladay, who has flashed incredible potential thus far.

While the Lions are in the NFC North cellar, they are still well within striking distance of the division lead. Adding Harrison gives them more than losing Tate took away, so Detroit is a better team now and will hope to make a late-season playoff push.

NFL Trade Deadline Loser #2: New York Giants

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Odell Beckham Jr.

What are the Giants doing? They themselves may not even know.

Saquon Barkley has been sensational, as expected. The Giants took a star with the second overall pick. They also passed on at least three potential franchise quarterbacks because they believed they were an elite running back away from contending for another Super Bowl.

They couldn’t have been more wrong. New York is currently tied for the worst record in the NFL, on their way to a second consecutive top-five draft pick. And to make matters worse, 2018 was hailed as an exceptionally strong QB class while 2019 is shaping up to be one of the worst of the decade.

Firstly, they traded former first-round CB Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints for a fourth-rounder and a seventh-rounder. Apple is not a great player and had long been a locker room headache, so he needed to go. But a 2019 fourth and a 2020 7th for the 10th overall pick from 2016? That’s a dismal return on investment, and it’s hard to believe that New York couldn’t have found a slightly better deal for a player who still has potential.

Damon Harrison, Giants
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Next, the Giants traded Harrison to the Lions for only a fifth-round selection. They should have been able to get more from a Super Bowl contender needing a defensive upgrade, such as the Kansas City Chiefs. A fifth for one of, if not the best run stuffer in the game? Not a great deal for the G-Men.

Finally, New York is obviously entering a major rebuild stage, so they would be best suited to unload their good players in exchange for draft picks. They were unable to find a taker for Janoris Jenkins, their top CB who is under contract through 2020 at a little over $10 million per year.

Again, the Chiefs would have been the perfect partner here. The Falcons and Steelers are two more teams who could certainly have used Jenkins as well. The Giants missed an opportunity to rid them of a pricey contract and gain another pick.

NFL Trade Deadline Winner #2: Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz, Golden Tate, Eagles

A third round pick is a high price to pay for a player who may end becoming just a rental, but the Eagles have two second-rounders in 2019, which softens the blow of losing their third-round choice. Tate makes Philly’s offense scary and sets them up well to make another Super Bowl run.

As Carson Wentz continues to get back up to speed, he will certainly be happy throwing to Tate, Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert. General manager Howie Roseman has done a sensational job building this team, and he made another brilliant move by adding Tate.

NFL Trade Deadline Loser #1: Green Bay Packers

The Packers are in a very odd position. They have Aaron Rodgers, which means they are a Super Bowl contender. Their defense has been upgraded dramatically with the additions of rookie corners Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, and they are well prepared for the future with two first-round picks in the 2019 draft.

However, one deadline move was very puzzling, as it doesn’t help much right now or in the future. Ty Montgomery had to go and was sent to the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-rounder. That’s fine. But minutes before 4:00 p.m. ET, it was reported that Green Bay had sent safety HaHa Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a fourth-round selection.

Clinton-Dix’s contract expires after this season, but the Packers should have wanted to keep him, as he is one of the best safeties in the league (third according to PFF, second excluding the injured Earl Thomas) and is still only 25 years old. He could have been a building block for a young and dominant secondary. Yet the Packers moved on, and for practically nothing. If Golden Tate can be had for a third and Amari Cooper for a first, how did Clinton-Dix only fetch a fourth?

NFL Trade Deadline Winner #1: Houston Texans

Demaryius Thomas

The week didn’t start out well for the Texans, as deep threat Will Fuller tore his ACL during Thursday Night Football. However, Houston replaced him with Demariyus Thomas, who was traded for a fourth-round selection.

Thomas isn’t the burner he once was, but he gives the Texans another big target on offense. Deshaun Watson will miss Fuller greatly, but adding Thomas will help to soften that blow.

He will make $14 million next season if the Texans decide to keep him. It is a high price for a receiver on the wrong side of 30, but a trio of DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller, and Thomas would be one of the better WR groups in the league. The Texans are winning next season, and if they can upgrade the offensive line during the offseason, retaining Thomas could make them a Super Bowl contender.