It was only a matter of time.
When the Dallas Cowboys surrendered their 2019 first-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders in the middle of the 2018 season, the team had already committed to keeping him in Dallas for years to come. The only thing that remained was just how much it was going to cost the team. Well, now we know.
On Monday, Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $100 million. It give the Cowboys one of the top wide receivers in the league for the next five seasons. This may be a wise investment if he continues trending up after developing a great rapport with Dak Prescott, who is still looking for his own long-term deal. The Cowboys tagged Prescott earlier today.
The deal makes Cooper the second-highest paid receiver in the league, trailing only Julio Jones. Over his five-year career, Cooper has compiled 357 catches for 5,097 yards, and 33 touchdowns. He has four seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving and earned Pro Bowl honors in each of those seasons. Cooper is viewed as one of the best route-runners in the league and was going to be the wide receiver entering free agency. Getting him locked up means there will be no free agency visits with other teams, although the Redskins apparently tried!.
Amari Cooper intends to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys on a 5-year, $100 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
Washington was hot in pursuit and offered more money, but Cooper decided to stay with the Cowboys.
Here’s a twist: the Washington Redskins pursued Amari Cooper today and tried to pry him away. Dallas prevailed. https://t.co/DNuD48VV0B— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
Cowboys WR Amari Cooper turned down “significantly” more money from Redskins to remain in Dallas with hopes to win Super Bowl here, source said tonight. Dallas is where he wanted to be. He’s coming back on a five-year, $100 million contract.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 17, 2020