The Dallas Cowboys will be keeping star wide receiver Amari Cooper despite him reaching free agency. The Washington Redskins made an aggressive run at him earlier but the Cowboys managed to retain him.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cowboys will re-sign Cooper to a five-year deal worth $100 million. The deal has $60 million guaranteed.
The Cowboys were only able to use the franchise-tag on one player and they decided to use it on Dak Prescott. Cooper reached the open market as a result and with many star players agreeing to contracts, it seemed that many teams with cap space could have pursued him.
Using the franchise-tag on Prescott and giving Cooper a significant contract prevented the ability to retain Byron Jones. He ended up departing for the Miami Dolphins and became the NFL’s highest paid corner.
There is no denying that Cooper was the top wide receiver in this year’s free agency class. Teams that missed out on signing him will have to turn to the 2020 NFL Draft for dynamic receiving threats as there aren’t many dynamic free agency options remaining.
While Cooper had some issues with drops at times last season, his overall impact has been truly significant since being traded to the Cowboys. He sets the tone for Dallas in ways few could accomplish and they won’t have to ponder backup plans now.
Amari Cooper is coming of a 2019 season with totals of 79 receptions, 1,189 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns. It was easily the best season of his career despite battling through injuries for most of it.