Cowboys standout wide receiver Amari Cooper will be sleeping well tonight after he inked a five-year $100 million contract extension. The contract makes Cooper the second-highest-paid wideout in the NFL behind Julio Jones by average salary.
Acquired from the Raiders on October 22nd, 2018 for a first-round pick, Cooper has already amassed 132 catches, for 1,914 yards, and 14 touchdowns in his 25 games as a Cowboy. Originally selected with the fourth pick of the 2015 NFL draft, Cooper has quickly cemented his spot as the Cowboy’s number one receiving option.
Cowboys lock up Amari Cooper
After a modest start in Dallas, Cooper showed his explosive big-play ability against divisional rivals Washington on Thanksgiving, going off for 180-yards and two scores on 8 catches. It was the first time Cowboys fans got to see just what a difference-maker Cooper could be.
Cooper would go on to best that performance 2 weeks later against Philadelphia, posting 217-yards and 3 scores.
2019 was a better year for Cooper, even as the wins didn’t come as often, posting career highs in yards, touchdowns, and average per catch. He registered four games with over 100-yards, with a monster 226-yard performance in a losing effort against the Packers.
Locking down one of the more explosive receivers in the game for another five years is a good move from Jerry Jones and the front-office, but you have to question why Cooper has his deal before Dak Prescott. While Prescott received the franchise tag today the timing of this signing is a little odd.
Clearly Dallas couldn’t franchise tag both players, but the assumption that negotiations have been dragging more with Dak seems fair at this point. However, there is no worry at this point that a deal with Dak won’t be coming in the near future, with Jerry Jones previously stating that Dak “is at the top level of paid quarterbacks”.
That said, getting Dak’s primary target signed up will surely help in negotiations with the quarterback in the coming days and weeks. With Zeke and Cooper signed for the long-term, adding Dak to that list will set the offense up for years to come.