Another day, another NFL star joining the AFC via trade.
Cowboys are finalizing a trade to send WR Amari Cooper and a sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for a 2022 fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2022
Trades cannot be finalized until the new league year begins Wednesday at 4 pm ET, but it looks like this one is a done deal.
Cooper, one of the best in the game when healthy, was reportedly on the trade block so Dallas could free up cap space. Had a trade not happened, it appeared the Cowboys would eventually release Cooper, which is why the trade compensation is so low for such a good player.
This past season, the 27-year-old wideout appeared in 15 games and caught 68 balls for 865 yards (12.7 avg) and eight scores. It came after three-straight 1,000+ receiving seasons, including a 2019 season in which Cooper finished with an 84.2 Pro Football Focus grade. He earned a 75.9 mark in 2020 and a 72.9 grade this past season.
There’s also growing speculation the Browns could trade for Houston Texas QB Deshaun Watson. Having a stud pass-catcher like Cooper in the fold will certainly make Cleveland a more attractive situation for a guy the caliber of Watson.
Time for the Cincinnati Bengals to make a move.