The Cowboys managed to re-sign Amari Cooper and embarrass the Redskins in the process

first_imgGood news for the Cowboys: Star wide receiver Amari Cooper is returning to Dallas on a five-year deal worth $100 million.Even better news for the Cowboys: In the process of re-signing their top priority in free agency, they made the division-rival Redskins look foolish. “Everything — the facility, I love it here in Frisco (Texas),” Cooper explained on 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas. “Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, I mean, you can’t beat it.”Now Cooper will stick with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, whom Dallas hit with the exclusive franchise tag earlier Monday. The combination of both moves makes March 16 a fantastic day for the Cowboys. According to Next Gen Stats, Prescott and Cooper connected on 732 yards on targets outside the numbers last season, the most among any QB-WR duo in the NFL.Keeping both Prescott and Cooper for 2020 and beyond was the best-case scenario for Dallas this offseason. Embarrassing its most hated rival in the process is just the cherry on top. NFL FREE AGENCY:Tracking the latest NFL news and rumorsYes, Dallas is paying the 25-year-old receiver a borderline absurd about of money, reportedly $60 million guaranteed on a deal that will give him $20 million per year. But Washington reportedly was willing to pay Cooper even more.According to ESPN, the Redskins “pursued” Cooper on Monday and “tried to pry him away” from the Cowboys. But Cooper “turned down ‘significantly’ more money” from Washington to stay in Dallas, per the Dallas Morning News.Amari Cooper said for months he wanted to remain with Cowboys. Today, that desire was tested with over-the-top money the Redskins offered. Cooper stayed true to word. Back in Dallas.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 17, 2020A #Redskins source directly involved in the negotiations told me that Amari Cooper turned down an offer from them that would have “put him right there with Julio (Jones)” as the highest-paid receiver in the NFL to re-sign with the #Cowboys last night. 1/2— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 17, 2020The #Cowboys signed Cooper to a five-year contract worth $100 million, an average of $20M per season. The Falcons’ Jones leads the #NFL receivers with his average of $22M per season. That indicates Cooper turned down as much as $10M to change NFC East teams. 2/2— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) March 17, 2020While Cooper’s new contract comes with a hefty price tag, his re-signing with Dallas is no surprise given the context of his repeated claims that he wanted to keep playing for the Cowboys.Likewise, the team reportedly had been set on re-signing Cooper to a long-term deal even though it was not able to do so before the receiver became fair game to other teams during the legal tampering period before free agency.The Cowboys restructured the deals of both RB Ezekiel Elliott and OT La’El Collins earlier today.Any extra cap space adds up when your offseason to-do list includes an extension for Amari Cooper and (potentially) Dak Prescott.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 17, 2020Washington, of all teams, took a chance but quickly realized Cooper was not bluffing when he said last week he wants to be “a Cowboy for life.”last_img