Washington chased Amari Cooper “all the way until the end”

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Ron Rivera downplayed Washington’s interest in tight end Austin Hooper.

Hooper has said it came down to Washington and Cleveland, and he signed a four-year, $42 million deal with the Browns. But Rivera said Tuesday that Washington wasn’t “really into” the Hooper sweepstakes, saying the team had no interest in resetting the tight end market.

Rivera, though, confirmed that Washington had more than just passing interest in receiver Amari Cooper.

“Amari was somebody we chased hard all the way until the end,” Rivera said, via JP Finlay of NBCSportsWashington.com. “We would’ve love to have him apart of what we’re trying to do here. He would’ve been a great veteran presence.”

Washington actually offered more money than the Cowboys did, but Cooper chose to re-sign with Dallas. (Texas has no state income tax.)

Cooper signed a five-year, $100 million deal with the Cowboys.

“We were in it, talking about a substantial amount of money,” Rivera said, via Chip Brierre of ABC 7 News. “At the end of the day, he made a decision, and we have to respect it. He would have made a great addition.”

Washington didn’t pursue any of the other big-name free agent receivers, instead signing Cody Latimer. The team will have to look to the draft to try to find another weapon to pair with Terry McLaurin.

17 responses to “Washington chased Amari Cooper “all the way until the end”

  1. Evidently the powers that be in DC or Dallas paid no attention to Ramblin Rex’s evaluation….

  2. 100 million dollars for a wide receiver??? I think riverboat Ron purposely ran up the price forcing the cowboys to overpay for Cooper but it ain’t no need to keep talking about it,,,

  3. Should have went after hometown kid Stephon Diggs. He is better than Cooper and would have accepted a much lower deal.

  4. What a dope. He had the chance to make more money, win more Super Bowls, live in a better city, and play alongside Terry McLaurin and he passed that up to play for a franchise that will never get past the first round of the playoffs while he is there. Huge mistake.

  5. This part-time at best receiver is dysfunctional when he is on the field. He could be the first magician on offense to play the game. He disappears on so many plays that you don’t even know he is on the field. The good news for the numbskins is that they caused his value to increase and now Dallas is paying top market for a middle market level of actual talent.

    On defense, Ewwin Donald is also a magician. He disappears in the playoffs.

  6. happy1114 says:

    April 7, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Evidently the powers that be in DC or Dallas paid no attention to Ramblin Rex’s evaluation….
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    Maybe they did. Since Ryan said he disappears in tough competition and big games I’m guessing the cowboys and redskins both said that’s fine since they usually dont play in any big games.

  7. jurgyisgod says:
    April 7, 2020 at 4:38 pm
    What a dope. He had the chance to make more money, win more Super Bowls, live in a better city…
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    I actually laughed at this. The only place the any of the above assertion is possible is in Bizarro world.

  8. @ jurgyisgod

    “What a dope. He had the chance to make more money, win more Super Bowls, live in a better city, and play alongside Terry McLaurin and he passed that up to play for a franchise that will never get past the first round of the playoffs while he is there. Huge mistake.”

    Dude, you are HILARIOUS, but you seriously need to go get checked for a fever, as you are hallucinating. What a dope? he has himself a $100 million dollar contract and Dallas spared him the humiliation of playing for a horrendous franchise. I give the Skins credit for hiring Rivera, but he alone won’t be able to save the perennial bottom feeders known as the Redskins.

    Cooper chose the right team and QB to play with – who the heck wants to play with Haskins? And btw, the Cowboys have won 3 SB’s since your Skins won their last one.

    Seriously – go get checked for a fever. I mean, Skins fans are already delusional, but in your case you may be able to get treatment for your current delusions.

  9. 20 million dollars a year for Amari Cooper? Wow! I guess there’s hope for me yet.

  10. Jsrdc — did you see Haskins by years end? He was arguably the best quarterback in the league. And that was after throwing 50 touchdowns to 8 interceptions at OSU where he best out Joe Burrow for the starting position. Dak is a great guy. But there was a reason he was a fourth round pick and has never won a playoff game — the guy is not a passer. He just isn’t. Why not hitch your wagon to Rivera, Dwayne, Terry, Chase and ride to the Super Bowl?

  11. Rivera, as a GM, is not looking good. Even considering paying that amount of money for Cooper is malpractice. He should have paid more to get Hooper, who plays well at a position where the Redskins currently have nothing.

  12. jurgyisgod says:

    Jsrdc — did you see Haskins by years end? He was arguably the best quarterback in the league.
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    lol

  13. ajoyce1977 says:
    April 7, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    Should have went after hometown kid Stephon Diggs. He is better than Cooper and would have accepted a much lower deal.
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    @ajoyce1977
    You realize that the Bills gave up a first, 4th, 5th, and 6th for Diggs. How would the Skins exactly have landed him. Obviously weren’t giving up their #2 overall, and they don’t have a 2nd round pick. Unless they came to the Bills with their 3rd rounder this year and a first next year as starters a deal wouldn’t have happened.

  14. Cooper will never see the $100 M face value of his new contract but only $60 M that is guaranteed. I like Cooper but he faded last season in crunch time. That when you need your no. 1 to show up and show out. And against the top CB Cooper didn’t fare well in those matchups.

  15. Since the last time dallas won a Super Bowl they are 4-10 in the playoffs..Washington is 2-5..diggs is good but a diva..you don’t want that around young qbs..cooper is quiet but not worth 100m when he’s not a consistent #1 target, how do you justify that much money? Not a good idea wasting money ..how did that work out for the rams

  16. Great move by Washington forcing Dallas to overpay for Coop or lose him to a rival.

    Dallas meanwhile, knows every NFL contract is 1 or 2 years. 2 years, $40M and they can cut him if he’s not putting up big numbers. Which they will. Coop will get $40M out of it.

    Everyone’s happy.

  17. @ajoyce1977 “How would the Skins exactly have landed him.”

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    The skins actually had capital by the name of Trent Williams. It would have worked, but I’m happy that we didn’t overpay like the Bill’s did. This guy is a malcontent, and disappears when he is not involved in a play. He’s a bit overrated…..We’ve got some kids on the roster that no one is talking about which fine with me. Also, people will learn that we may have one of the better GM’s (no it’s not Ron Rivera) in Kyle Smith who will be running our draft. Yes we will probably not be very good, but we are not expected to be. We finally have adults running this team now, and will see a major culture change. Give it a couple years and we will not be the basement dwellers.

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