Impending free agent wide receiver Amari Cooper reiterated Thursday that he wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys for a “long time” according to Jane Slater of NFL Network.
Cooper told Slater that his agent has yet to open talks with Dallas, although it’s clear the fifth-year wideout feels most comfortable in Big D.
Though his team underachieved, the 25-year-old was a bright spot for the Cowboys in 2019, setting career-highs in both yards (1,179) and touchdowns (eight). He did struggle with injuries in the later part of the season, however, and was ineffective in several games when the Cowboys needed him the most as they made their unsuccessful push to win the NFC East.
The Cowboys have some tough financial decisions ahead of them with Cooper, Dak Prescott and Byron Jones all slated to hit free agency, though luckily they’ll have the fifth-most cap space to work with ($81.06 million). Prescott has to be the top priority and it is hard to see a scenario in which he is not under center for the Cowboys with a fat new longterm contract to start the 2020 season.
It is very possible that either Prescott or Cooper will be retained via the franchise tag, and the tagged amount due a wideout is much less than the money involved in tagging a QB. Ultimately, however, the Cowboys gave up two first-round picks to obtain Cooper from the Raiders and they are not going to let that big sacrifice go to waste by allowing Cooper to sign with another NFL team.
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