Schneider is right when it comes to the ever-churning carousel of NFL roster management. Still, it’s hard to overlook what has been the biggest renovation project of the Schneider-Pete Carroll era in Seattle. Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Jimmy Graham, Jeremy Lane and Paul Richardson are among the notable players who’ve left over the last month. Cliff Avril’s neck injury has jeopardized his career, and it remains to be seen if Kam Chancellor’s neck injury will continue to be an issue moving forward.
With the team parting ways with some highly valued veteran talent, can the Seahawks improve on last year’s 9-7 mark in the highly competitive NFC West It’s hard to say, but Schneider will be leaning on a new generation of players to make it happen.
The Alabama All-American joined Oakland as the fourth player picked in the 2015 NFL Draft. He became the third player in NFL history to produce seasons with at least 70 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two years in the league.
But in 2017, Cooper fell into the general downturn experienced by the Raiders, as they followed their 12-4 showing of 2016 — Oakland’s first winning record since 2002 — with a 6-10 record.
Cooper’s production dropped to 48 receptions for 680 yards and seven touchdowns.
Injuries got the blame for the falloff. Cooper missed two games because of a concussion and ankle injury, and Oakland quarterback Derek Carr said Cooper was out there playing on one foot.
Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, New York would seek a first-round pick and then some if they were looking to deal their star player. Given that hefty price tag, and the massive contract extension a team would then have to dole out to Beckham, a trade seems unlikely.