ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports this morning that the Cowboys have been researching Amari Cooper and are considering trade with Raiders for the wide receiver.
One team that has done an inordinate amount of due diligence on him in recent days is the receiver-needy Dallas Cowboys, league sources tell ESPN.
The Cowboys have been calling around to people who know the 24-year-old Cooper, gathering as much information as they can about him as they mull whether to make a move for the former first-round draft selection, according to sources.
Cooper has been off to a slow start this year, catching just 22 passes for 280 yards, and Mike Lombardi of The Athletic claims Oakland’s brass doesn’t think the wide receiver has “great passion for the sport.”
“I don’t think they think Amari Cooper has got great passion for the sport,” former general manager Michael Lombardi said on Tuesday. “I don’t think they think he loves football. That’s what I’m hearing coming out of that building. I think they’re worried about his contract moving forward. It doesn’t sound like they are interested in giving him that kind of deal so they’re going to tear this thing down.”
We asked our readers yesterday whether the Cowboys should trade for Cooper. 3.663 readers responded, and it doesn’t look like anybody is willing to give up the first-rounder the Raiders are supposedly looking for:
But if the Raiders are willing to accept something less than a first-round pick, it looks like here’s a deal to be made for Jerry Jones.
Michael Irvin for one is convinced Amari Cooper is the missing piece to Cowboys becoming a Super Bowl contender.
“I’ll tell you what the Cowboys need to trade for right now. It’s simple what the Cowboys need to trade for and that’s wide receiver. Cowboys wide receivers are 27th in yards right now, and the passing game is 29th in the NFL. Trust me, I know Cole Beasley got a 100 yards last week with two touchdowns. But they need a receiver and they need him bad.”
”Amari Cooper would be the perfect guy. I know a lot of people are down on this guy right now. In ‘15 and ‘16 he went over 1,000 yards and last year he had seven touchdowns even though he missed two games. This man right here is the missing piece to the Dallas Cowboys truly being a Super Bowl contender. Listen to what I’m saying, a Super Bowl contender.”