The Dallas Cowboys reached an agreement to re-sign wide receiver Amari Cooper. Unfortunately, they also lost both Randall Cobb and Byron Jones.
The Dallas Cowboys secured their two top free agents on Monday, using an exclusive franchise tag to retain quarterback Dak Prescott and agreeing to a reported five-year, $100 million deal for wide receiver Amari Cooper. His $20 million per season average makes Cooper the second-highest paid receiver in the NFL.
The Cowboys also signed restricted free agent tight end Blake Jarwin to a new four-year deal on Monday worth $25.25 million with $9.25 million guaranteed. While it appears the futures of Prescott, Cooper, and Jarwin are secured in Dallas, their signings came at a steep price. And not just to the team’s salary cap, but the loss of two key starters.
According to ESPN, cornerback Byron Jones has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million deal to join the Miami Dolphins. It reportedly includes a whopping $57 million guaranteed. And it makes the former Cowboys star the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. The 2015 first-rounder is considered to be an elite cover corner but has posted just two interceptions in his five-year career.
The second shoe to drop was wide receiver Randall Cobb. According to NFL Network’s James Jones, Cobb has agreed to join the Houston Texans after a single season in Dallas. The 29-year old wideout has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $27 million with $18.75 million guaranteed.
The Cowboys signed Cobb last year on a one-year, $5 million deal to replace slot receiver Cole Beasley, who left the team to join the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2019. Last season, Cobb recorded 55 receptions for 828 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games.
It was believed the longtime Green Bay Packers receiver would remain in Dallas with his former head coach Mike McCarthy taking over the reins of America’s Team in January. Now, Cobb heads to Houston following the Texans’ decision to trade away their top wide receiver on Monday, DeAndre Hopkins, sending him to the Arizona Cardinals.