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Cowboys trade Switzer to Raiders for Ward

April 29 2018 1:29 AM

The Dallas Cowboys continued the offseason makeover of their receiving corps on Saturday, trading wide receiver Ryan Switzer to the Oakland Raiders for defensive tackle Jihad Ward.

Switzer, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina in 2017, saw limited action in the Dallas offense during his rookie season, with six receptions for 41 yards and a handful of rushing attempts.

But he handled punt and kickoff return duties, ranking third in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.0 yards per return) and returning one punt for a touchdown.

Ward, a second-round pick (number 44 overall) in 2016, started 13 games as a rookie, and had 30 tackles but did not register a sack. He played only five games in 2017 and was a healthy scratch most weeks, finishing with only two tackles and one sack.

As for the Cowboys' receiving corps, there will be plenty of new faces next season. Earlier on Saturday, the Cowboys acquired Tavon Austin, a former first-round pick, from the Rams for a sixth-round pick.

The Cowboys spent their third-round pick on Michael Gallup of Colorado State, then drafted former Stanford TE Dalton Schultz in the fourth round.

And last month, the team signed former Bills speedster Deonte Thompson to a one-year deal.

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