The Dallas Cowboys were reportedly looking for a team willing to accept wide receiver Amari Cooper’s contract, and they found a buyer Saturday in the Cleveland Browns.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cooper heads to Cleveland in exchange for a fifth-round pick and a sixth-round trade. While that’s not much compensation for the four-time Pro Bowler, Dallas’ win wipes out Cooper’s $22 million salary cap. Had the Cowboys been unable to find a business partner, the team would have been willing to release Cooper.
Cooper, 27, was a first-round pick for the Oakland Raiders in 2015 and was acquired by the Cowboys for a first-round pick in the 2019 season. In 56 games with Dallas, Cooper caught 27 assists from touch.
Other teams interested in negotiating for Cooper would have included the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets. Instead, he joins the Browns, who suddenly found themselves in need of help during the 2021 season.
Despite landing the tandem of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry via trades, the pair struggled with injuries and struggled to produce on the court. Beckham was released by Cleveland during the 2021 season and Landry’s days with the team seem numbered with a cap of nearly $16.4 million coming in 2022.
Donovan Peoples-Jones led all Browns receivers with 597 yards in 2021.