Cleveland Browns WR trade target No. 1: Amari Cooper
Ahead of the 2020 season, Amari Cooper signed a massive extension with the Dallas Cowboys. They then promptly used their first-round pick that season on CeeDee Lamb from Oklahoma and while that seemed to be a luxury pick at the time due to Cooper’s presence, it could have actually been much more.
Dallas also ended up signing quarterback Dak Prescott to a mega-deal as he averaged more than $40 million per season. This means the Cowboys are now in “cap-saving mode” as they’re looking at which players they can live without.
While Cooper is still one of the best wideouts in the NFL, the truth is Lamb’s arrow is pointing higher than his right now. On top of that, Dallas could look to save roughly $20 million on Cooper and use that to retain players such as Cedrick Wilson and Michael Gallup who both are set for free agency. Yes, Cooper is superior to both but having depth is also important.
Should they truly be considering life after Cooper, the Browns need to give them a call. Allowing Cooper to be released without seeing if he can be landed without entering a bidding war would be a wise move.
Cooper would be an excellent fit with the Browns offense which is based on timing and having a receiver run to a certain spot — and the quarterback is supposed to throw with the trust that his receiver will be there.
With Cooper, he will always be where he’s supposed to be as he’s one of the cleanest route-runners in the game. He’s also capable of taking over and putting up some monster numbers, something this offense can use.
Of all receivers who might be available this offseason, Amari Cooper would have the biggest impact.