Amari Cooper

Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #89
Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #89
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Amari Cooper News

Restructures contract

Cooper restricted his deal Saturday converting the majority of his $20 million base salary into a signing bonus while adding two additional void years, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The move was made immediately following the team's acquisition of Deshaun Watson and his record-setting five-year, $230 million contract Friday. Cooper figures to be in a prime position to regain his form after a down season in which the Pro Bowl wideout compiled 68 receptions, 865 yards and eight touchdowns across 15 games.

Mar 19, 2022 2:50 PM EST

Sent to Cleveland

Cooper was traded to the Browns on Saturday for a 2022 fifth-round pick and a swap of sixth-round selections, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The compensation might appear surprising considering the 27-year-old has played at a Pro Bowl level almost every year he's been healthy, but with $20 million due each of the next three seasons, the cap implications essentially forced the Cowboys' hand. Now situated as the clear No. 1 wideout in an offense that could soon lose Jarvis Landry, Cooper should be the primary target when the run-first Browns do opt to throw the ball although that might not mean much considering Baker Mayfield still seems set at quarterback.

Mar 12, 2022 11:13 AM EST

Likely on the move

The Cowboys plan to try to trade Cooper, but if no deal is reached, the wideout is likely to be released, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Analysis: ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported Friday that Dallas is likely to part ways with Cooper by the start of the new league year. If the 27-year-old ends up being cut, the wideout would count $6 million against the Cowboys' salary cap in 2022, versus $22 million otherwise. Cooper is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he caught 68 passes (on 104 targets) for 865 yards and eight TDs in 15 games. If the Cowboys indeed part ways with Cooper, CeeDee Lamb would profile as the offense's top WR option, while the team could potentially elect to focus on re-signing Michael Gallup, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL.

Mar 4, 2022 10:03 AM EST

Release a real possibility

The Cowboys could seriously consider releasing Cooper prior to the start of the new league year, Adam Schefter of ESPNr reports.

Analysis: Schefter quotes a league source as saying Dallas is "likely" to release Cooper, who will be owed a fully guaranteed $20 million on March 20, the fifth day of the new league year. The news seems a likely indication that the Cowboys would listen to trade offers for the 27-year-old wideout, who was limited to 68 catches for 865 yards and eight scores through 15 appearances in 2021, but previously put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Releasing Cooper would free up $16 million for Dallas with just $6 million in dead cap, and position CeeDee Lamb to take over as the unquestioned No. 1 target in the passing game. If he does hit free agency, Cooper will undoubtedly have a plethora of interested suitors.

Mar 4, 2022 7:49 AM EST

Gets into end zone against Niners

Cooper caught six of 10 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the 49ers in the wild-card round.

Analysis: He got the Cowboys on the board with a 20-yard TD catch in the second quarter, but it was the team's only points of the first half, putting them in a hole they couldn't climb out of despite a frantic fourth-quarter push. Cooper had a somewhat disappointing regular season despite seeing over 100 targets for the third straight campaign, managing 68 catches for 865 yards and eight TDs in 15 games -- his worst production yet since joining Dallas in 2019. The Cowboys could part ways with Cooper in the offseason without incurring a big dead cap hit, but most likely he'll return in 2022 and be a key part of a potent passing game with Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb.

Jan 16, 2022 7:56 PM EST

Tops team in targets

Cooper caught five of seven targets for 79 yards in Saturday's 51-26 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Cooper led the Cowboys in targets, with his longest gain coming on a 27-yard reception. He also tied for Dallas' lead in catches, although Cedrick Wilson was more productive with his five grabs, going for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the bevy of weapons in his team's offense impacting his weekly yardage this term, Cooper remains a significant receiving threat heading into the playoffs, particularly after scoring three times in his last five games of the regular season.

Jan 8, 2022 8:24 PM EST

Salvages day with TD

Cooper caught three of seven targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: It was a rough day for a lot of Cowboys, but Cooper was at least able to find his way into the end zone, catching a four-yard toss from Dak Prescott in the fourth quarter as Dallas staged a late rally that fell short. The score was Cooper's eighth of the season, tying his previous career high, so the veteran receiver will take aim at a new personal best in Week 18 against the Eagles.

Jan 2, 2022 9:13 PM EST

Leads team in receiving on SNF

Cooper had seven receptions (11 targets) for 85 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 56-14 win over the Football Team.

Analysis: Cooper bounced back in a big way after posting his worst stat line of season last week against the Giants (two catches for eight yards). Nearly every starter on Dallas' offense got to eat in this contest, so its a stretch to assume the star wideout is back following a stretch of five games where he averaged just 37.6 receiving yards per game. The Cowboys will take on Arizona next Sunday in a matchup with playoff seeding implications, so we will see if Cooper can build off of this strong showing.

Dec 26, 2021 8:47 PM EST

Limited to two catches

Cooper secured two of five targets for eight yards in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Cooper's second-half downturn hit a new low Sunday, with his yardage total serving his sparsest yet in 2021 and the reception tally tying a season low as well. The veteran did score his first touchdown since Week 8 in last Sunday's win over Washington, but he's otherwise been at 51 yards or less in five consecutive games. Cooper's next opportunity to reverse course and deliver some timely dividends for fantasy managers in their playoff contests comes in a Week 16 rematch at home against Washington.

Dec 19, 2021 3:21 PM EST

Finds end zone

Cooper caught five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown on seven targets against Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: Although he saw fewer targets than CeeDee Lamb (10) and even Michael Gallup (nine), Cooper was Dallas' most effective pass catcher on a per-target basis Sunday. Quarterback Dak Prescott struggled in this game (22 of 39 for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions), so Cooper's numbers look even more favorable in that light. The Cowboys go on the road to face the Giants in Week 15, which could be a viable matchup for Cooper to maintain his recent momentum.

Dec 12, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Back at full strength

Cooper confirmed Friday that he's completely healthy and no longer dealing with any symptoms from his bout with COVID-19, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old returned for last Thursday's 27-17 win over the Saints but saw just 24 snaps (34 percent) and two targets. He did catch both passes for 41 yards, showing his usual burst when called upon. Cooper's return to a full-time role, assuming it happens this Sunday at Washington, might mean less work for Michael Gallup, who took on at least eight targets and 91 percent snap share in each of the past three games with Cooper and/or CeeDee Lamb limited by injuries/illness/concussions. All three are healthy now, as is No. 4 receiver Cedrick Wilson.

Dec 10, 2021 12:51 PM EST

Two catches in return

Cooper (illness) brought in both targets for 41 yards in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Saints on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran wideout was relatively quiet in his return to action, and all of his yardage actually came on just one of his receptions. Cooper has now totaled just 129 receiving yards in the three games since his 8-122-1 breakout versus the Vikings in Week 8, a matter he'll look to rectify at the expense of the Washington secondary in a Week 14 matchup a week from Sunday.

Dec 2, 2021 9:02 PM EST

Back in action Thursday

Cooper (illness) is listed as active Thursday at New Orleans, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Following a bout with COVID-19 that forced him to sit out Weeks 11 and 12, Cooper managed one limited practice Wednesday, which was enough to prove his conditioning was up to par. He'll join forces with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup to give the Cowboys their ideal wide receiver trio. Having said that, Cooper is expected to have his playing time managed early on to see how he reacts to game action, according to Ed Werder of ESPN. As a result, it's difficult to peg exactly what kind of workload Cooper can expect in his return.

Dec 2, 2021 4:01 PM EST

Officially questionable for Thursday

Cooper (illness) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game at New Orleans, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Following his activation from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Cooper got back on the practice field Wednesday as a limited participant, marking his first activity since tested positive for the virus back on Nov. 19. Coach Mike McCarthy noted Tuesday that Cooper still had some lingering symptoms, including a cough, but he's now put himself in a position to keep his absence to two games, per David Helman of the Cowboys' official site. While he's expected to be active Thursday, Cooper may have a limited snap count, but Dallas seemingly will have its top wide receiver trio of Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup together for just the third time this season.

Dec 1, 2021 1:05 PM EST

Activated from COVID-19 list

Cooper (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Thursday's game in New Orleans, Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cooper is traveling with the team and expected to play, though it is possible his workload is scaled back given that he reportedly dealt with virus symptoms for over a week. It's also possible he handles his usual role, in which case QB Dak Prescott will have a healthy WR trio of Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup for just the third time this year.

Dec 1, 2021 10:09 AM EST

Expected to play Thursday

Cooper (illness) is expected to travel to New Orleans and play in Thursday's game against the Saints, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Cooper was still on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Wednesday morning, but this report seems to imply he's tested negative at least once, or perhaps on back-to-back days as needed for activation (in which case it's only a matter of time before the Cowboys return him to the active roster). Whatever the case, the Cowboys apparently now expect Cooper to play, even after he missed another practice Tuesday. It is possible his workload is scaled back Thursday night if the illness has impacted his conditioning.

Dec 1, 2021 9:41 AM EST

Still on reserve/COVID-19 list

Cooper (illness) didn't take part in Tuesday's practice and remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Both owner/GM Jerry Jones and coach Mike McCarthy commented on Cooper earlier Tuesday, and while Jones' tone was optimistic about the wide receiver practicing McCarthy's remarks were more stated. McCarthy ended up being closer to the truth after telling Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News "to be determined" about Cooper's potential activity level. Cooper now has just one more chance to join his teammates on the field Wednesday before the Cowboys jet off to New Orleans for Thursday's game against the Saints. If Dallas doesn't activate him from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team may have just CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Michael Gallup at the top of the WR depth chart with Cedrick Wilson (ankle) unable to practice so far this week.

Nov 30, 2021 1:41 PM EST

TBD for practice Tuesday

Coach Mike McCarthy noted it's "to be determined" whether Cooper takes part in practice Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. "My gut would be if he doesn't practice tomorrow (Wednesday), I don't see him going to the game," McCarthy said.

Analysis: This refutes owner/GM Jerry Jones' earlier ascertain that Cooper would get on the practice field Tuesday and was in line to play Thursday at New Orleans, per Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. According to McCarthy, while Cooper was back at team facilities as of Monday, he's "still not feeling the best" and has a cough as he makes his way through the COVID-19 protocols. Cooper already has missed one game due to a positive test for the virus and may be in danger of sitting out another. As a result, his status should continue to be watched closely to get a sense of his Week 13 availability.

Nov 30, 2021 8:36 AM EST

Will practice Tuesday, should play

Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Cooper (illness) will practice and is expected to suit up for Thursday's game against the Saints, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Cooper is coming off back-to-back absences after testing positive for COVID-19 mid-November, but he returned to team facilities Monday and is on track to retake the field for Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys still have yet to officially activate Cooper from the reserve/COVID-19 list, but in any case, it looks like fantasy managers can expect to have the standout wideout available Week 13. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott is also expected to return to a larger workload, and CeeDee Lamb cleared the concussion protocol Monday.

Nov 30, 2021 6:49 AM EST

Doesn't practice Monday

Cooper (illness) rejoined the Cowboys on Monday but didn't participate in practice, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cooper returned to the team's facility for the first time since he tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-November, but he'll need to pass a conditioning test before he's cleared to return to the practice field. While the 27-year-old will have a short week of practice ahead of Thursday's game against the Saints, he appears to be trending in the right direction.

Nov 29, 2021 12:00 PM EST

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