Amari Cooper has secured his spot as a long-term piece of the puzzle for the Dallas Cowboys. The Pro Bowl wide receiver has a chance to help Dallas get back into the playoffs after a disappointing campaign. The expectations have been raised another bar after Cooper’s comments that suggest that the Cowboys could put themselves in the record books in the 2020 season.
Amari Cooper inks massive deal with Cowboys
Beyond the discussion around Dak Prescott’s long-term future in Dallas, Amari Cooper headed into the offseason without a new contract.
It didn’t take long for the team to agree to a record-breaking five-year, $100 million contract in free agency. Although the Washington Redskins nearly changed those plans, Cooper got his historic deal that is the largest payout for any wide receiver in NFL history. His annual salary is just below the $22 million that Julio Jones receives with the Atlanta Falcons.
His guaranteed money is also on fourth in the league at his position behind the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. ($65 million), Jones ($64 million), and Michael Thomas ($60.6 million). The new contract keeps him in Dallas for the next several years, where he can help the franchise achieve much success. Along those lines, Cooper has already voiced that the Cowboys could uniquely make history in the 2020 season.
Amari Cooper believes Cowboys can have three 1,000 yard receivers
Amari Cooper has locked himself in for the long haul in Dallas, which he will be a significant factor.
The Cowboys added another potentially huge to their receiving core this offseason through the draft with former Oklahoma standout CeeDee Lamb. Cooper voiced on Tuesday that he believes that Dallas could have three wide receivers record 1,000 receiving yards next season, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.
“I think it was a great pickup,” Cooper said. “You have to draft the best player on the board. Everybody understands that. He’s a great receiver. I think with me and Michael Gallup going for 1,000 yards last year, the expectation is to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year.”
That feat has only been accomplished five times in league history. The last time that occurred was in 2008 when the Arizona Cardinals had Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston reached that mark. Cooper and Gallup are coming off being the first pair of Cowboys wide receivers to post 1,000 receiving yards in the same seasons since 2006.
The 26-year-old reached that mark four times in his career while Gallup is coming off a career-high 1,107 receiving yards. Meanwhile, Lamb recorded consecutive 1,000 receiving yard campaigns at Oklahoma. The Cowboys have the pieces in place to make reaching the feat possible in the 2020 season. Dak Prescott will have plenty of opportunities to utilize his dynamic receiving core that has multiple big-play options.
2020 season expectations
These comments from Amari Cooper only further boost the hype around the Cowboys ahead of the 2020 season.
Dallas has the chance to make a strong push to secure the NFC East division title, unlike they were last year. They bolster one of the league’s best group of offensive talent with their talented wide receiver trio along with star running back Ezekiel Elliott and Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott. That presents them the opportunity to make a strong run toward competing for much more than a playoff spot.
The high expectations will follow them into the 2020 season, which could quickly turn out to be a promising campaign.