Amari Cooper was traded by the Dallas Cowboys to the Cleveland Browns in a blockbuster deal.
Dallas clearly wanted to move off Cooper’s contract. To do so, they sent their former star wide receiver to Cleveland, along with a sixth-round pick. In return, all the Browns had to give up was their 2022 fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick. Cleveland gets a perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver, while the Cowboys essentially get day-three draft compensation for their No. 1 option.
It is only fitting that the NFL media had some things to say about this trade over on social media.
NFL media reacts after Amari Cooper was traded by the Cowboys to the Browns
From a Dallas standpoint, it feels like the Cowboys were robbed, or at the very least, are paying dearly for The Joneses deciding to pay their second-best running back Ezekiel Elliott two years early.
As for Cleveland, this is all about getting a proven No. 1 wide receiver for Baker Mayfield.
This quarterback/wide receiver tandem will be utterly fascinating to watch next season in what will be the most important year of Mayfield’s playing career.
Ultimately, this move was more about the Cowboys getting out from Cooper’s contract than anything. It is hard to imagine this is the best offer they could have gotten. Since many teams probably anticipated he would be released, this just shows how little of a trade market the Cowboys really had for Cooper. This head-scratching move could come back to haunt them.
Look for this trade to be scrutinized and dissected 10 times over throughout the next NFL season.