Raiders have had talks with Amari Cooper’s agent

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Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie didn’t want to talk about anything other than the draft when he met the media today, but he did allow that he’s had some contact with wide receiver Amari Cooper.

McKenzie was asked whether he will pick up the fifth-year option on Cooper’s contract, and although McKenzie didn’t directly answer, he did indicate that there have been early talks about a new contract.

“We’ve been in contact with his agent,” McKenzie said. “I don’t want to put anything out there, don’t want to put the cart before the horse so to speak, but we like Amari.”

It should go without saying that the Raiders will pick up Cooper’s fifth-year option for 2019, but they’d surely like to get an extension done before then. Cooper already has 2,903 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons with the Raiders, and he’s still only 23 years old. He’s a building block for the Raiders, one they’ll want around for a long time.

25 responses to “Raiders have had talks with Amari Cooper’s agent

  1. Reggie, make sure you include a clause that states that a $50,000 fine will imposed for each dropped pass. #89 needs some major incentive to catch the ball.

  2. Should have drafted Leonard Williams back then and looks just as stupid now that they took Cooper over him. Good route runner but has poor hands and has not developed into an elite WR. His production has not lived up to the billing you would expect from a top 5 pick especially considering good wr’s are easier to find in the second, 3rd round. He is still young but a guy like Leonard Williams with Khalil Mack would had been fun to see

  3. I believe the fifth year option would be around $15 M…….is he worth it? He would be worth that on a 2 year extension.

  4. Cut him, sign Dez at 1/4 the cost. End up with probably the same number of receptions. ☺

  5. I think that Amari Cooper will have a huge rebound year in 2018 because he knows he’ll need it if he wants a nice new contract after his rookie deal expires.

  6. No way I give him a deal until I see him have a good season this year. No way.

  7. Firejerry he is a 23 year old wide reciever with a ton of potential as his 1st 2 years in the league showed. That being said to think he would agree to a deal that would put him at 7.5 million a year your crazy. He holds all the cards right now because either he waits for the raiders to offer an extension based off his 1st 2 seasons and potential or he can force the raiders to pick up the option or franchise tag him if they decline his option and he has a good year because by then he would likely want to reach free agency. I’d be very, very surprised if Cooper ends up signing a deal that averages less than 12 million a year.

  8. Its do or die this season for Cooper Gruden will coach him back to life ….gotta luv all the Raider haterz there always first to post here LOL

    BACK 2018

  9. The solution is simple.

    Bring in Freddy B. as WR coach and have him bring a barrel of stickum.

    The answer has been right in front of us this whole time.


  10. I believe he played hurt last year. I contend he hurt himself on that first TD catch of the year vs the titans. My brother In law is a huge raiders fan. So I have no dog in the fight. My team won the last game in February

  11. Cooper had a horrible year last season. He had 680 receiving yards total. 449 of those yards came in 3 games! The other 11 games he totaled 231 yards. Crazy.

  12. If you sign him to an extension now, his stock can’t be any lower. Give him a raise, backload the contract, and cut him if he doesn’t get better. If he gets back to rookie year level, you get a bit of a bargain.

  13. Kinda a bust. I always felt Crabtree was the better receiver. Hopefully Nelson can still be a number one? Ehhhh

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