Amari Cooper Wants To Stay With Cowboys

Cowboys star Amari Cooper doesn’t have a new deal yet, but he still wants to stay in Dallas. On Monday, Cooper responded in the affirmative when asked if he wants to continue playing for the Cowboys beyond this season.

Like I just said, I love it here,” Cooper said. “I want to be here. I just love this situation, my teammates. I just feel it’s the place for me.”

Since coming over via trade from the Raiders, Cooper has caught 117 balls for 1,696 yards and 13 touchdowns across 21 games. Through 12 games this year, he’s got 64 grabs for 971 yards and seven scores.

I’ve approached the situation like, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said. “Obviously, I’m more productive here than I was in Oakland, so why would I want to change things?

The Cowboys feel similarly, though they also much weigh the financial implications of a new deal. The Cowboys still have to address Dak Prescott‘s new deal and paying both players at the top of the market will require some serious belt tightening elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Cowboys still have the option of cuffing Prescott through 2020 via the franchise tag.

Cooper’s future is just one of several storylines to watch in Dallas, where speculation about Jason Garrett‘s job security continues to swirl. The drama-filled Cowboys will look to rebound from their Thanksgiving loss when they take on the Bears in Chicago on Thursday night.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. rct

    Of course he does. He has seen how Jerrah will break down and write fat checks to anyone who holds out (and Dak will get a huge contract shortly).

  2. crazylarry

    The question why would he want to stay there? Never going to win with Jerra calling all the shots.

  3. Brad

    He’s staying because he knows he’s getting paid. Dak gets the tag and they have to give him the big contract. He holds all the leverage.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Well Dez thought he held all the leverage too. I’m constantly amazed at how players believe they are irreplaceable. I mean there are only about 130 colleges that can provide replacements as well as 31 other NFL rosters. Even if a team tosses away an MVP talent like the Raiders did, they can still recover from that.

  4. JJB0811

    Amari, like all of the other pending FA’s, will go to who signs the biggest check. As would I.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Most of the younger guys just look at the dollars but I think older players consider other factors as well. It looks like Philip Rivers wouldn’t leave California regardless of what was offered by an East coast team.

      • JJB0811

        I agree, but Phillip has most likely over a $100m in his bank. That helps.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Never assume a fat bank account lessens someone’s greed. Look at the NFL owners. They have overflowing bank accounts but they are pushing for a 17 game schedule so they can get even more dough.

  5. dmarcus15

    Says every player until they get better offers. JJ give him a great deal move on from Dak and Jones.

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