4 trades from 2023 deadline that confirm Cowboys got fleeced in Amari Cooper deal

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2. Chase Young: Third-round compensatory pick (2024)

This was perhaps the most shocking move of the deadline. The rebuilding Commanders shipped Young to the 49ers (thanks for nothing, Washington!) for a third-round pick in 2024 and it was eventually reported it was a comp pick.

If Young, a pending free agent, walks after this season, he'll (likely) net the 49ers a 2025 third-round comp pick. In other words, San Francisco moved a comp pick back a year for a half-season of Young, assuming he isn't re-signed.

That's how it's done. The Cowboys could learn a thing or two from the Niners.

1. DE Montez Sweat: Second-round pick (2024)

The fact Sweat went for a second-round pick and Cooper couldn't net so much as a fourth-rounder is criminal.

It stands to reason that Chicago will extend Sweat, who, like Chase Young, will hit unrestricted free agency after the season, but this is the type of move you'd expect from a contender; not a team that could wind up with the No. 1 overall pick.

While Sweat is an excellent player, trading what will become a high-second round for him is absolute insanity, especially given Young went for a third-round comp pick.

This begs the question of if the Cowboys made the proper number of calls when they shopped Cooper or if they were so desperate to offload his contract that they took the first offer. Maybe Cleveland's offer was the best offer. Either way, the 2023 trade deadline was further confirmation that Dallas fleeced themselves.

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