One of the more matter-of-fact things that the trade for Cooper means is that a roster spot has to be created for him. The Cowboys have a lot of wide receivers and while Terrance Williams is on IR/suspension and Tavon Austin is ailing, it still made sense that that a receiver would be released considering that’s where Cooper plays.
Just a few hours after the Cooper trade was announced a different announcement was made. Brice Butler took to Instagram to note that his second stint with the Cowboys was in fact over.
Butler tells me HC Jason Garrett informed him of the move as he got off the plane. NFL is a tough business. https://t.co/RLdoyoiYaD— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) October 22, 2018
The Cowboys brought Brice Butler back because they believed he could be of service to Dak Prescott given their familiarity with one another. He did not register a single catch with the team.
There’s no question that Amari Cooper is a better receiver than Brice Butler, but why would the Cowboys have gone through everything with bringing Brice back just to discard him so quickly? It’s a matter we likely won’t get the answer to, but we are wishing Brice all the best.