The Dallas Cowboys have had an eventful offseason. That goes without saying. They dumped key veteran Amari Cooper to shed salary and lost starting edge rusher Randy Gregory at the last second to the Denver Broncos. They also lost two starting offensive linemen in Connor Williams and La’el Collins, who both signed with teams in the AFC.
The Cowboys were able to retain starting WR Michael Gallup and veteran defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. However, this is a Dallas team that will look a lot different compared to previous seasons. Amari Cooper has been the Cowboys’ top WR for several seasons, and their offensive line was always viewed as a considerable strength.
That isn’t the case anymore.
The Cowboys are still talking about Amari Cooper
The Amari Cooper trade has been done for a few weeks now. The Cowboys shipped him off to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for nothing more than a Day 3 pick. The Browns were able to turn around and utilize Cooper’s presence as a selling point to land Deshaun Watson.
However, despite the Cooper trade being done and dusted, the Cowboys’ front office won’t stop talking about the veteran receiver. During the NFL’s owners meeting in Florida this past weekend, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once again took the time to publicly state Cooper isn’t worth the $20 million he’s set to be paid in 2022.
“We made a decision that that allocation should be better spent,” said Jerry Jones. “We made every effort to do as well as we can do with the trade…”
“…We have to make sure that any one of those players are pulling as much weight as you can,” Jones said. “No. 2, you’ve got to be judicious how you add a top 10-paid player.”Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News
Jerry Jones is trying to justify trading Amari Cooper
Jerry Jones could have easily given out a vanilla answer when questioned about trading Cooper — something along the lines of “it was best for both parties” or “this was a very tough decision for us to make, but we felt it was the best for the franchise moving forward.”
Instead, Jones took the time to call Cooper unworthy of being paid $20 million per season. This screams of an owner trying to justify something that others are criticizing him for.
With the WR market exploding these days, paying Cooper — one of the best route runners in the NFL — $20 million per season doesn’t seem that bad. The Browns felt it was a reasonable amount to pay for a player who immediately vaults to the top of their WR depth chart.
The Cowboys needed to part ways with Cooper for cap purposes. However, the lousy cap situation was entirely self-inflicted. Jones knows this.
The Cowboys need big years from CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup
The Cowboys’ decision to dump Cooper for a Day 3 pick will always be controversial, especially considering how much running back Ezekiel Elliott is being paid these days.
However, the best way for Dallas to put this saga behind itself is by getting big years out of CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. If they both play well, no one will remember Cooper.
Oh, and stop talking about Cooper every chance you get. That’d be a logical step for Jerry Jones and company to take as well.