3. Amari Cooper (WR)
The one player that would save the Cowboys so much money is wide receiver, Amari Cooper. Cooper is set to make $20 million this season with his cap hit set at $22 million – the third-highest on the team. Cooper, the player Dallas traded a first-round pick for in 2018, should be considered a cut candidate by the Cowboys.
The four-time Pro Bowler just had his worst season with the Cowboys. Entering his third full season with the team, he had only 68 catches for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. Cooper broke the 1,100-yard mark in both of his first two full seasons with Dallas.
It was a lackluster year for the former Alabama product. With the emergence of wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, Cooper took a back seat in the offense. As a result, especially with the Cowboys’ disastrous cap situation, Cooper should be released this offseason. His cap situation is listed below.
Whether the Cowboys find a trade partner or not for Cooper, they can always release, preferably after June 1. Clearing $20 million for the 2022 salary cap would be beneficial to the team. That would still put the Cowboys in the negatives, but getting rid of Cooper would help the cap by a good chunk.
With a poor season and the opportunity to earn important money on Cooper, sadly cutting this Cowboys star may be a wise choice for Dallas.