What Can Cooper Get?
With a new contract needed for this upcoming season, how much is Amari Cooper worth and how much can he get? Is he in the range of star wide receivers Julio Jones and Michael Thomas? For a little glimpse, let’s look at what Spotrac has to say.
They have Cooper’s value at a five-year contract worth $98.6 million. That averages out to $19.7 million per season. The contract itself would be the most money given to a wide receiver, with the annual average being second only to Julio Jones.
Wait, so that means that Cooper is valued more than Michael Thomas? According to Spotrac, he would earn $500 thousand more per season.
Cooper is signing one season after Thomas signed his, so that is one reason for the value being more. Also, the difference between the Cowboys with and without Cooper is huge. Yes, the same can be said about Thomas, but again that is why the value is there.
I do not see Cooper making more than Thomas. I love him as a player and I think he can play like one of the better wideouts in the league, but that’s asking for a lot. I think that because Julio is getting paid so much more than everyone else, it allows Cooper to make it a reasonable reach.
I can see Cooper making a slight bit less than Thomas. Right around $18.75 million to $19 million range looks better to me. The only problem with that is Cooper may want a shorter-term contract if that is the case.
A three-year $56.25 million contract looks like a good contract for both sides. Cooper would be the third-highest paid wideout at $18.75 million per season and can get a new contract in a couple of years. The Cowboys, on the other hand, save a little bit of money and keep Cooper
I think Cooper’s contract will be more of a “whatever is left” type of contract. The Cowboys want to keep him long-term but only have so much room. A bigger contract wouldn’t surprise me at all.
Cooper is the second most important player that owner Jerry Jones needs to sign this offseason. I’m curious to see how everything unfolds because I have a feeling the free agents will be signed quite close to around the same time. I’m also curious to see how much cap is left afterward.
Either way, Amari Cooper is going to get paid, and he is going to get paid very well. Dallas’ offense will continue to be explosive and be amongst the best in the league, with Cooper being near the top of the major receiving categories.