Amari Cooper’s days in Dallas appear to be over. The 27-year-old wide receiver will “likely” be released by the Cowboys at the start of the new league year, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday, with the team currently projected to be around $21 million over the cap.
Coach Mike McCarthy and owner Jerry Jones have not spoken about the possibility of releasing Cooper. If the team does not release Cooper, they owe him $20 million.
One team has since emerged as a potential suitor of this news and it’s none other than the New England Patriots.
“#Patriots need a true WR1. Amari Cooper fits that mold,” tweeted G.T. Bobby Thompson. “Oh yeah, he’s from Alabama. Makes too much sense for Bill Belichick right?”
“Amari Cooper is still a top 15 WR in the league and is gonna turn only 28 in June, he’s still got some juice. I would be pretty psyched if the @Patriots signed him, tho I’d rather they draft Pickens, Skyy, or Metchie at #53 as they would be 21 22 23 years old rather than 28,” a fan wrote.
“Trading for Amari Cooper would be an even bigger cap hit than tagging JC Jackson — unless the Patriots traded for Cooper and then extended his contract. Bottom line: He’s probably way too expensive for New England,” said Henry McKenna.
“Just after two seasons on that 5 yr/$100 million contract too. Cowboys save $16 million in cap and Cooper adds to already crazy deep WR free agency class. Has everything the Patriots need at WR but price still too rich for NE,” George Balekji tweeted.
Cooper, a four-time Pro Bowler, finished his fourth season in Dallas with 68 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite the Cowboys reigning supreme in the NFC East this past season, Cooper complained about the offense and his own production in late December.
The Cowboys, who finished the regular season at 12-5, were bounced out of the playoffs in January following a loss in the wild-card round to the 49ers.