Dallas Cowboys’ Pro Bowl wideout Amari Cooper won’t be heading to the free-agent market after all. Less than 24 hours before the official start of NFL’s free agency, Cowboys and Cooper agreed to a five-year deal.
According to reports, Cooper’s deal will net him $20 million a year and $100 million over the course of the deal. The contract comes with $60 million guaranteed while making Cooper the second highest-paid wide receiver in the league. Currently, only Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones has a bigger yearly average with $22 million.
Dallas was in a hurry to finish the deal, as it was believed that Copper would attract some big offers if he was to officially hit the market. Reportedly, Washington Redskins emerged as Cowboys’ biggest competition for the 25-year-old’s signature, but the player ended up choosing to stay in familiar surroundings.
Cowboys entered the offseason with a goal to keep both Amari Cooper and their quarterback Dak Prescott, and it seems like that goal is now met. While Prescott didn’t sign a new deal just yet, Dallas bought themselves more time with the franchise tag and is expecting to find common ground with the player in the next couple of months.
Since Cowboys acquired him back in 2018, Cooper formed a special bond with Prescott and established himself as one of the league’s best wideouts. He was especially productive last season when he had 79 receptions for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns en route to his fourth Pro Bowl appearance.