Stephen Jones on Amari Cooper’s future: It’s too early to address

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Amari Cooper could remain with the Cowboys next season, but based on previous comments by Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones, it seems unlikely without the receiver agreeing to a pay cut. Cooper’s $20 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed March 20, so the team has less than three weeks to decide what to do with him.

Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com asked Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones directly whether the team is planning for Cooper to be part of the 2022 roster. Jones didn’t say yes, but he also didn’t say no.

“It’s too early for me to address that,” Jones said.

Jones then was asked about negotiations about a renegotiated deal for Cooper and said, “I don’t want to address any of that as far as the details of any contract.”

The Cowboys need cap room, and Cooper was not even the leading receiver on the team despite being the league’s highest-paid receiver in 2021. He had a $20 million base salary and a $22 million cap number and ranked tied for 39th in receptions (68), 34th in receiving yards (865) and tied for 37th in points among non-kickers (eight touchdowns) in the league.

10 responses to “Stephen Jones on Amari Cooper’s future: It’s too early to address

  1. I hate to see Coop go. He’s a leader on and off the field. His regression has as much to do with the schemes drawn up and the guy throwing the ball as his tendency to “disappear” in games. Watch his numbers go up if he signs with another team.

  2. The Raiders were smart to snag a 1st rounder for Coop and eliminate their most unreliable receiver at the same time!

  3. The 2022 Cap Savings for his release is $16M and the Cowboys are projected to be over $22M over the Cap. The time is now……..Even if he signs a new restructured extension with huge signing bonus & voided years to absorb Cap Space, other moves need to occur. It is very unlikely he signs for a reduced salary.

  4. The Raiders took a boat load of crap over the trade of Cooper. He gets great stats but disappears when the heat is on. He was traded due to the percentage of cap room he wanted to take up, the cowboys found out the hard way about his disappearing act. Of course, the Raiders wasted the pick on Jonathan Abram so hard to say who won the trade..

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