The Dallas Cowboys have stumbled out of the gate disastrously to begin the 2020 season. These shortcomings have all but erased their hopes toward competing for the Super Bowl. The Cowboys have also demonstrated telling signs that they are packing it in, given how the season has unfolded. All that may potentially put on the table exploring trading their $100 million star.
Cowboys’ disastrous 2020 season
The 2020 season has been anything but close to the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl aspirations.
The Cowboys have dropped five out of their first seven games, including four out of their previous five contests. Injuries have ravaged the roster with prominent players such as Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins are all out for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, Dallas has struggled mightily defensively that has put them on a historically atrocious pace in NFL history. These early struggles have also pushed the front office to make roster moves that signal potentially waving the white flag.
These recent transactions could also put another massive possible decision on the table for the franchise in the coming days ahead of the trade deadline.
Could the Cowboys consider trading Amari Cooper?
Things have quickly turned south for the Dallas Cowboys through the first seven weeks of the 2020 season.
The Cowboys have also become sellers ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline after moving former Pro Bowler Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions. Although there hasn’t been much traction elsewhere with the rumor mill, one player that could draw interest around the league is Amari Cooper.
Cooper has been a cornerstone piece in the offense since joining the Cowboys. He’s coming off a career-high 1,189 receiving yards, which marked the fourth 1,000 receiving yard campaign in his first five seasons.
The 26-year-old hasn’t missed a beat with his production this season despite injuries to Dak Prescott and the offensive line. Cooper ranks second in the NFL with 53 catches, fifth with 583 receiving yards, and has two touchdowns. His production this season has him on pace to secure career highs with 121 receptions and 1,333 receiving yards.
Cooper has received fair criticism in the past for his often lack of consistency and production in big moments, but he has proven to be among the top wide receivers. The Cowboys haven’t considered this route, but it’s plausible given the sideways direction the team has gone in the 2020 season.
Potential strong trade market, acquire much-needed assets
The Cowboys might have an intriguing situation on their hands if they were to explore possible trade talks for Amari Cooper.
Several teams may emerge looking to add an elite factor to their offense this season. The Green Bay Packers could be a viable spot given that there are already reports of their interest in Houston Texans’ veteran wide receiver Will Fuller.
The Cowboys don’t possess any urgency or need to depart from Cooper, but the emergence of rookie CeeDee Lamb alongside Michael Gallup’s inexpensive deal could make exploring trade scenarios more reasonable. The Pro Bowler does possess a five-year, $100 million with Dallas, but the contract is essentially a two-year, $40 million with an out after the 2021 season.
The Cowboys or another team could get out of the contract before the 2022 campaign with only a $6 million dead cap hit. The situation could also present them with the chance to secure a first-round pick.
As the 2020 season has shown, the Cowboys have plenty of other areas to address on the defensive side of the ball. Although the scenario remains highly unlikely, it remains on the table for Dallas to explore.