On WR Amari Cooper my source tells me the two sides are talking. “Good talks” what’s the hold up? “Still a little bit of everything”— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) March 16, 2020
This couldn’t have been the plan. After the Dallas Cowboys spent a first-round pick on Amari Cooper in the middle of the 2018 season, the thought was he would be a Cowboy for quite a while. It’s now possible he won’t be a Cowboy in the 2020 season.
The free agency legal tampering period for the NFL has started (12 PM ET March 16th), and there is no announcement of a deal between Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys. That means any team around the NFL can now start negotiating with Cooper and many of those teams have a ton of cap space to throw at him.
There is always the hope that the Cowboys and Cooper actually have the framework of a deal done and just haven’t finalized it yet, something they would hopefully do shortly. But if that is not the case - watch out. According to one source, they don’t have a deal.
The #Cowboys won’t have a deal for WR Amari Cooper by the time the tampering window opens, but they’ve had talks and obviously want to bring him back. Those talks will continue.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
The free agent feeding frenzy for Cooper will now begin, and some of the rival NFC East teams are sure to take a look at the situation.
If Cooper ends up being a one and a half year rental for the Cowboys after giving up a first-round pick, that would be a huge failing. If he ends up with another NFC East team, that would be disastrous.