By Peter Brennan
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones has maintained that a new deal for receiver Amari Cooper was offseason priority No. 2 — after getting a new deal for quarterback Dak Prescott.
In the first five seasons of his NFL career Cooper spent three full seasons with the Raiders, then split 2018 between the Raiders and the Cowboys after being traded in October — Cooper logged four 1,000-yard receiving seasons, with his best campaign coming in 2019.
In his first full season with the Cowboys, he posted career-high marks in receiving yards (1,189) and touchdowns (eight).
The 2015 first-round pick recently expressed his desire to stay in Dallas and said the next deal he signs is about location and the situation in addition to compensation.
We’re roughly a month away from free agency, so it’s the perfect time to look at where Cooper could play in the 2020 season.
Here are the top landing spots for Cooper, according to NFL.com’s David Carr::
1) COWBOYS: From a pure football standpoint, Cooper being in Dallas makes the most sense. He’s been there for a year and a half and has built a rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott, benefiting the passer’s production when they’re both on the field. New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy loves a talented playmaker on the perimeter and will make it his mission to get that competitiveness and fire out of Cooper. The star receiver would do well in McCarthy’s offense and would be Dallas’ best option after looking at the receiver market.
2) EAGLES: I don’t see Jerry Jones breaking the bank for Cooper, and if Dallas’ offer isn’t up to his standard, it will only take one team to put big money on the table for Cooper to leave. It wouldn’t surprise me if Eagles general manager Howie Roseman came calling. There’s no doubt Cooper could help this offense, which was extremely thin at the wide receiver position last season, with injuries plaguing nearly every starter. Cooper’s production doesn’t always match his crazy ability, but I believe he’d do well paired with a player like Alshon Jeffery. Cooper wouldn’t draw all of the attention, and he wouldn’t have to be “the guy” for the Eagles. Plus, he’d have a field day facing the Cowboys’ secondary twice a year.