Report: Raiders to exercise Amari Cooper’s option

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When Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie was asked last week if the Raiders are going to exercise their option on wide receiver Amari Cooper‘s contract for the 2019 season, he didn’t commit to any course of action.

While Cooper is coming off a mediocre season, it would come as a surprise if the Raiders were in any hurry to part ways with the 2015 first-rounder. It comes as no surprise, then, that Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the team is set to exercise the option “imminently.”

Teams have until May 3 to exercise fifth-year options on 2015 first-rounders.

McKenzie did say that he has had conversations with Cooper’s agent, so there could be a longer deal in the works that would eliminate the need for the fifth-year option. Until that comes to fruition, though, the Raiders will likely do what’s necessary to keep the wideout in the fold.

51 responses to “Report: Raiders to exercise Amari Cooper’s option

  1. All of the Raiders offensive players should be given a clean state. Their Offensive Coordinator last season was a joke.

    Who replaces a tenured offensive coordinator with an under-qualified inexperienced one in the midst of a championship run besides the weird wacky Raiders… Such a sad, silly, poor, and pathetic franchise.

  2. The OC held everyone back and Carr and Cooper’s injuries did as well.

    Didnt help that the OL got distracted with that stupid kneeling BS.

    Just play football.

  3. Now Vegas Need a Qb to Throw to cooper..just because u pay someone Elite $$$$ Doesn’t Make them Better at their Job !!!..All the Wr’s in the World isn’t going to turn Fools Gold into Gold !!

  4. While I view most of Gruden’s moves so far to be awful, I believe that this one makes sense. Amari Cooper knows that if doesn’t perform over the next few seasons, he’ll be out of the league or playing at the veteran minimum. But if (as I expect) he rebounds to the form of his first 2 seasons then he’ll be in line for a nice new contract when his rookie deal ends.

  5. Cooper was definitely dinged last year. Look for him to have similar success in Grudens offence like Tim Brown did. Grudens offence catapulted Brown to the Hall Of Fame. Have a feeling he’s going to have a big year.

  6. billswillnevermove says:
    April 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    Can he throw the ball?

    how do you LOSE four straight SB’s? its always been wide right and it will always be wide right..and now you have a bum backup like McCarron?? futility at its finest..youre the Clippers of the NFL

  7. AWESOME. Now draft Keke Coutee from Texas Tech to stretch the field/slot and Audin Tate from Florida State for that red zone target and that’s a sweet WR group!

  8. Todd Downing was going to be hired somewhere last year as an OC. That’s the reason they pulled the trigger and made the change. They didn’t want a young would be OC walking away.

    Not only did he ruin the Raiders season, he ruined his career in the process.

  9. $25 MIL qb that Can’t read a Defense…$10 mil retired ex-coach, MaShawn….Vegas..LA..Oakland..who knows .just LOSE BABY !!!!!

  10. David Szwartz says:
    April 22, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    Carr the New Flacco MINUS A RING !!!!!!

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    But at least the Ravens waited until Flacxo had won something before over paying him….. Carr has never even won a postseason game

  11. I don’t get all the Carr hate on here. Maybe its just because he’s a raider? Anyone who says he sucks or is another Joe Flacco without the ring (not a good comparison playing style btw) is rushing to judgement. Hes a young player with a ton of potential – he had a bad year (as most of the raiders offense did). The book is still out on him. I will reserve judgement for another 2 years but I think if I was a Raiders fan i would feel pretty good to have Carr.

  12. I think this makes it easier to trade him if you want to use this as a chip to move around in the draft.

  13. Vegas Raiders in no gambling mood with Cooper. He has to prove himself in 2018 and may be even beyond that to get a long term megabucks deal.

  14. David Szwartz says:
    April 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm
    $25 MIL qb that Can’t read a Defense…$10 mil retired ex-coach, MaShawn….Vegas..LA..Oakland..who knows .just LOSE BABY !!!!!

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    Can’t read a defense to the tune of only the fifth QB in history with at least 20 TDs in each of his first four seasons, and 13 fourth quarter comebacks. Imagine how awesome he’d be if the Raiders improved on D and if he could “read defenses” to the standards of David Szwartz, football savant..

    Plus our coach is better than yours and our stadium will make yours look like the second-rate JUCO yard it always has been. Just win, baby!

  15. u4iadman says:
    April 22, 2018 at 12:57 pm
    Morons that have no clue he was injured last year.

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    If he was struggling to get open then that would matter more, but he was great at that. Its was his habit of dropping the ball afterwards that hurt him.

  16. trubiscuitbears34 says:
    April 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    I don’t get all the Carr hate on here. Maybe its just because he’s a raider? Anyone who says he sucks or is another Joe Flacco without the ring (not a good comparison playing style btw) is rushing to judgement. Hes a young player with a ton of potential – he had a bad year (as most of the raiders offense did). The book is still out on him. I will reserve judgement for another 2 years but I think if I was a Raiders fan i would feel pretty good to have Carr.
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    He has been in the league 4 years. I would say that the book is NOT still out on him. But the problem on here isn’t Carr, its the Raiders fans that think the guy is the 2nd coming of Jim Plunkett.

  17. trubiscuitbears34 says:
    April 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    I don’t get all the Carr hate on here. Maybe its just because he’s a raider? Anyone who says he sucks or is another Joe Flacco without the ring (not a good comparison playing style btw) is rushing to judgement. Hes a young player with a ton of potential – he had a bad year (as most of the raiders offense did). The book is still out on him. I will reserve judgement for another 2 years but I think if I was a Raiders fan i would feel pretty good to have Carr.

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    four seasons: 0 playoff wins

    Yeah…..real impressive. Let’s pay him $25M per year.

  18. 49ersfury says:

    April 22, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    All of the Raiders offensive players should be given a clean state. Their Offensive Coordinator last season was a joke.

    Who replaces a tenured offensive coordinator with an under-qualified inexperienced one in the midst of a championship run besides the weird wacky Raiders… Such a sad, silly, poor, and pathetic franchise.
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    Worked out perfect. Now the Raiders have a real coach.

  19. The Carr hate from Patsy fans is funny – will be even more laughable when Brady hangs ’em up and Carr is hitting his prime. And for Bills fans to say anything about anything is even more silly. Everyone would take McCarron over Carr, right? Win something, then talk.
    RN4L

  20. r8rsfan says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:42 am
    The Carr hate from Patsy fans is funny – will be even more laughable when Brady hangs ’em up and Carr is hitting his prime. And for Bills fans to say anything about anything is even more silly. Everyone would take McCarron over Carr, right? Win something, then talk.
    RN4L

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    “Win something, then talk”

    I think that is the point. Carr has won nothing whatsoever yet the Raiders are paying him as if he has accomplished much….

  21. nhpats says:
    April 23, 2018 at 10:37 am
    “Win something, then talk”

    I think that is the point. Carr has won nothing whatsoever yet the Raiders are paying him as if he has accomplished much….
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    If you can’t see that Derek Carr is legit then you’re not looking close enough. His TD/INT ratio is ridiculous. Has more 4th quarter comebacks than most QB’s in the league already. AND he has played on one of the most poorly coached offenses in the league.
    BTW – if “wins” are the benchmark he’s won a ton of personal awards, been to the probowl multiple times and was an MVP contender more than once. Trashing Carr just exposes a lack of knowledge and judgments being made are purely based on emotion.

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