Cowboys are “likely” to release WR Amari Copper by the start of the new league year, per league sources.
Cooper is due $20 million in fully guaranteed money on the fifth day of the new league year, March 20.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2022
Schefter said, “Cowboys are ‘likely’ to release WR Amari Cooper by the start of the new league year, per league sources. Cooper is due $20 million in fully guaranteed money on the fifth day of the new league year, March 20.”
Aside from being a move that reduces the team’s salary cap capabilities, releasing Cooper made sense after the emergence of Cedrick Wilson.
However, it’s interesting that there are quotation marks around the word “likely.”
Perhaps the Cowboys are putting up their intention to let go of the four-time Pro Bowler in hopes of getting a trade partner for him.
They would like to gauge the market for Cooper in hopes of getting some assets in return.
Unfortunately, his $20 million price tag might be too high for most teams.
Any team that would trade for him must also compensate for the three remaining years in the five-year, $100 million contract he signed with Dallas in 2018.
If no deal materializes between now and the 18th of March, the Cowboys will proceed with releasing him.
Cooper’s Stint In Dallas
The then-Oakland Raiders traded Cooper to the Cowboys in 2018 in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2019 Draft.
That selection turned out to be safety Johnathan Abram.
He ended up playing nine games for Dallas in 2018, finishing with 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns.
Cooper had 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019, earning him his fourth Pro Bowl selection.
The former Alabama standout had another 1,000-yard season in 2020 to go with five scores.
However, his production went down to 865 receiving yards in 2021, and had only two 100-yard receiving games all season.