PFF provided a graphic of four new teams for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper.
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to move on from veteran Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper this offseason.
Financially, it makes sense to cut Cooper before the start of the new league year, as the Cowboys would save $16 million and creep ever closer towards getting under the cap. While it serves Dallas to see if any team would be willing to trade for him, it feels like an outright release of Cooper is the most logical outcome. Cutting him would result in a dead cap hit of $6 million.
With PFF outlining four new teams that could make sense for Cooper, let’s assess the overall fit and the likelihood he goes to one of these new destinations.
Amari Cooper: Ranking PFF’s four possible destinations for Dallas Cowboys WR
Amari Cooper could be the key to helping unlock all of Justin Fields’ potential
The Chicago Bears are essentially starting over with Justin Fields as their franchise quarterback. Last year was a rough one for the former Ohio State standout. Now that the Bears have a new head coach and general manager, it is time to give Fields a proven No. 1 wide receiver to work with. In theory, Cooper would be coming to Chicagoland to replace free agent Allen Robinson.
The Bears have nearly $26 million in cap space, so they are one of a few teams who can take on his salary in a trade without going into the red. While Cooper has shown in his NFL career he can help bring along young quarterbacks with the likes of Derek Carr and now Dak Prescott, when has throwing the ball forward ever really been the Bears’ forte? The Bears need more than a wideout.
What helps Cooper potentially go to Chicago is new Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy offers a ton of promise. Matt Eberflus was able to pry him away from a bitter division rival. However, Getsy is a first-time NFL coordinator working with a second-year pro at quarterback. While there is potential for Cooper to shine in Chicago, there is also a chance it be could be a total disaster.
The idea of growing with Fields could be appealing, but there are better options for Cooper as well.