Ryan Switzer Traded from Cowboys to Raiders During NFL Draft

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ryan Switzer (10) runs against Oakland Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow (50) during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The Cowboys won 20-17. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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As the Dallas Cowboys look to change things up, the Oakland Raiders continue to revamp their passing attack.

Per the Cowboys, Oakland is acquiring receiver Ryan Switzer from Dallas in exchange for defensive tackle Jihad Ward.

A fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, Switzer, 23, did not play much of a role in Dallas' offense as a rookie. The 5'8", 185-pound wideout hauled in just six passes for 41 yards last season. He did, however, get leaned heavily upon on special teams, returning 29 punts for 256 yards and a touchdown as well as 600 yards on 24 kickoff returns.

Ward was a second-round pick out of Illinois in the 2016 NFL draft. The 6'5", 295-pound lineman recorded 32 combined tackles and one sack in two seasons with Oakland. He played in just five games in 2017 after undergoing foot surgery during the summer.

This is just the latest move made by Jon Gruden and Co. to give Derek Carr playmakers to work with. While Michael Crabtree was released, Jordy Nelson, Doug Martin, Martavis Bryant and now Switzer have all been brought to the Bay Area this offseason. 

It was just two days ago the team traded a third-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers to acquire Bryant.

On the other end of this deal, Dak Prescott will need to establish new bonds with fresh receivers. Not only is Switzer gone, but Dez Bryant was cut earlier this month and Jason Witten is reportedly planning to retire. 

This trade was likely made possible as a result of how this weekend's draft played out. Dallas spent two picks on receivers, taking Colorado State's Michael Gallup in the third round and Boise State's Cedrick Wilson in the sixth, and traded for former No. 8 overall pick Tavon Austin. Oakland drafted two defensive tackles, landing Sam Houston State's P.J. Hall in the second and projected first-round talent Maurice Hurst in the fifth.

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