Amari Cooper made the Dallas Cowboys front office look like geniuses after the team acquired him via trade last season.
Despite Cooper struggling with the Raiders to open up the year — tallying just 22 catches for 280 yards and a touchdown in six games before the trade — Dallas gave up a first round pick for the Alabama product.
It seemed like a hefty price to pay, but Cooper more than paid off down the stretch.
Cooper racked up 725 yards and six touchdowns receiving in nine games with the Cowboys last season. That included a 217-yard, three touchdown performance against NFC East rival Philadelphia in Week 14. He also notched the game-winning TD in overtime.
GettyDallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper.
The 24-year-old wide out showed he could be a No. 1 option on a playoff team, and a former Cowboys legend took notice of what he was doing.
Michael Irvin stopped into JaM Session with Jean-Jacques Taylor and Matt McClearin on ESPN Radio, and called Cooper a “perfect fit” for the Cowboys’ offense.
“When you watch Cooper, he’s probably only second to A.J. Green as far receivers transitioning out of routes go,” Irvin said. “The best thing you can give a young quarterback is a receiver who can transition in and out of routes. I can throw behind his back and know by the time the ball gets there that he’ll be wide open coming out of that route because he transitions so well. That’s what makes Cooper perfect for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys.”
The problem with keeping Cooper around long-term will be money. Both he, Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott need new deals, and each will demand big time money.
Cooper is looking for one of the largest contracts at his position, according to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic. The Cowboys will not likely want to do that.
Currently, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham has the highest average salary at $18 million per year, and also collected the largest guarantee ($65 million).
DeMarcus Lawrence’s contract is done, but several other young Cowboys are looking for new deals. @calvinwatkins updates on Amari Cooper, whose demands may above what Dallas wants to pay.https://t.co/9a56zyjy7d…
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticDFW) May 21, 2019
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