Cowboys reportedly trade Amari Cooper to Browns for tiny return
By Adam Weinrib
After learning the terms of the Dallas Cowboys‘ Amari Cooper trade to the Cleveland Browns (which, bizarrely, Bleacher Report pitched) … wouldn’t you rather have just cut him and saved yourselves the embarrassment of finding out this information?
A week after rumors of his imminent cut swirled (following months of lukewarm responses and light reminders of his fallibility), the Cowboys are reportedly finalizing an agreement to send Cooper, their No. 1 receiver and theoretical Dak Prescott security blanket, to the Browns.
In exchange, Dallas will receive a 2022 fifth-rounder and sixth-rounder, also surrendering a sixth-rounder to the Brownies in the process.
Cleveland’s quarterback? That’s anyone’s guess, but with Baker Mayfield on the outs, Cooper could be walking into quite an unfavorable situation after Dallas stripped all control from the equation.
Cowboys trading Amari Cooper to Cleveland Browns
Cooper’s contract has a potential out in 2022 that could’ve left the Cowboys with just $6 million in dead cap, but instead of going that route, the Browns will be absorbing the next three seasons of the five-year contract the wideout signed before 2020.
Initially acquired from the Raiders, Cooper leveled up after partnering with Prescott, serving as his No. 1 and catching 53 balls for 725 yards in nine games. That earned him a new deal in Dallas, and three seasons followed — two thousand-yard campaigns and 2021, which has apparently been deemed a failure in retrospect.
Mind you, Cooper is still entering his prime, in theory, and Browns fans seem to be delighted to fill their Odell Beckham Jr. hole with a quiet weapon.
Cleveland won’t be saving money here, but they’ll get a No. 1 threat, while Dallas will acquire chintzy compensation at the back end of the draft.
What will they use it on? Cuttable WR depth? Unheralded defensive back? Lottery ticket bulk for the O-Line? Only the ravages of disappointing time will tell.
For now, the Cowboys got worse, no matter what they try to feed you.