By Lewis Gould
Amari Cooper, the Pro Bowl wide receiver, will sign a five-year, $100 million deal to stay with the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The deal includes $60 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The deal’s average annual value of $20 million puts it only behind Julio Jones’ $22 million in the history of NFL wide receiver salaries, per Over The Cap.
In order to make room for the deal, the Cowboys restructured the contracts of running back Ezekiel Elliott and offensive tackle La’El Collins, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
The agreement means that the Cowboys will hold onto their trio of Cooper, Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott after hitting the latter with the franchise tag, holding him back from what would have been a highly lucrative free agency.
Like Prescott, Cooper was also set to hit free agency, and would have been the most attractive wide receiver on the market at only 25 years old and coming off a season of 79 receptions, 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns.