Nov 10, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper (19) runs after a reception against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

While the surprising report this week about Amari Cooper was that the star wide receiver would “likely” be cut by the Dallas Cowboys, there is growing speculation that it was leaked in order to facilitate a trade offer before then.

With the 2022 NFL Draft coming up, there’s going to be a big market for a star like Cooper and the Cowboys might be able to parlay him into some draft picks or younger players instead of just cutting him outright and losing out on his value. There are certainly a lot of NFL teams that would love to have a receiver like him in their arsenal, if only for a season or two.

As Mike Florio noted on Sunday, Cooper’s $20 million salary for the 2022 season becomes guaranteed on March 20 and the Cowboys have made it clear they have no intention of paying that. So that’s the self-imposed deadline for Dallas to figure out if they can get literally anything for Amari before needing to cut him loose. If anything, they’re likely just hoping someone will want Cooper bad enough that they’ll be willing to part with a draft pick or two for the chance to land him before he hits the open market.

All signs point to that not happening.

There’s also the outside chance that Cooper accepts a pay cut in order to stay with Dallas, but it remains a possibility that few people would expect to happen.

In the meantime, this speculation certainly has a lot of people talking on social media regarding what happens next with Amari Cooper.

It will be interesting to see where Cooper eventually ends up and if the Cowboys will come to regret letting him walk.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to