The Cleveland Browns have often been in the media spotlight during the 2021 season due to their wide receivers.
There were injuries and issues that plagued them practically from Week 1.
It was a drama-filled outing for Odell Beckham Jr. over the course of the season, and unsurprisingly, Jarvis Landry was released.
That’s why the Browns’ trade to the Dallas Cowboys for Amari Cooper on Saturday afternoon was a stroke of genius by Browns general manager Andrew Berry.
Your most recent #Brunettes WR.
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) March 13, 2022
Cooper, who turns 28 in June, is a perfect fit for the Browns, and here are the reasons why.
3. Not very active on social media
While this quality has nothing to do with Cooper’s football skills, it is important to the Browns.
Cooper hasn’t posted a Tweet in nearly 6 years; this is virtually unheard of among professional athletes today.
Amari Cooper hasn’t tweeted in 6 years barely uses social media he’s the opposite of obj completely different skill set younger https://t.co/vcAk5cMSnY
— Levert and Cavs stan (@CavsLevert) March 12, 2022
Considering the impetus for Beckham’s departure was an 11-minute video posted to social media by Odell Beckham Sr. that criticized Baker Mayfield’s abilities, Cooper’s relative silence is a welcome change.
Cooper lets his game do the talking on the court, and that’s exactly what the Browns need right now.
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with social media use among players, but given the events of the 2021 season, the Browns could use some breathing room in that area.
2. Great Mentor
Cooper’s former Cowboys teammate CeeDee Lamb pleaded with the Cowboys to keep Cooper.
Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb makes stern move for team to keep Amari Cooper
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It speaks to his attitude, his work ethic and his behavior in the locker room.
Cooper is a good teammate and perhaps more importantly for the Browns, a great mentor.
Lamb talked about everything he learned from Cooper and how generous Cooper was with his time to help Lamb.
1. Excellent road runner
A criticism of Beckham in Cleveland was that he was sometimes a freestyle rider.
Cooper, on the other hand, is a disciplined runner.
Freestyle is not how it operates.
That makes him a great fit for the Browns offense that needs an experienced, skilled road runner.
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— BROWN OR DIE 💀 (@BrownsorDie) March 13, 2022
The Cowboys’ loss is the Browns’ gain.
It remains to be seen if the Browns will sign a veteran free agent wide receiver to complement Cooper, or if the young players will compete for the WR2 position behind him.
With Cooper in a Browns uniform, the pressure will fall squarely on Mayfield’s shoulders to build chemistry and get results with him.
Mayfield is in the year of proving his career.
The Browns aren’t talking to him about a contract extension and he’s playing on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.
Berry surrounds Mayfield with the right players to get results.
If those results don’t happen in 2022, Berry will bring in a quarterback who can do that with surrounding players like Cooper.