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Cowboys Trade Ryan Switzer to Raiders for DT Ward

The Cowboys have traded wide receiver Ryan Switzer to the Raiders in exchange for defensive tackle Jihad Ward.

This proved to be the domino effect from a previous trade Saturday to acquire veteran receiver Tavon Austin for the Rams. Austin, a former first-round pick, is also a return specialist who can play in the slot and serve as a third-down back in passing situations. 

Switzer, who had a solid rookie year, especially as a returner, will join former special teams coach Rich Bisaccia in Oakland, which has also signed Kyle Wilber and Keith Smith this offseason.

As a receiver, Switzer caught four passes for 32 yards but led the team in both punt and kickoff returns, including an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown vs. Washington.

Moving Switzer still gives the Cowboys a crowded receiver room, especially with slot guys such as Cole Beasley and now Austin. The Cowboys drafted Cedrick Wilson in the sixth round from Boise State on Saturday and picked up Michael Gallup in the third round on Friday night.

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