The Dallas Cowboys were able to find a suitor for Amari Cooper after all, trading him to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2022 fifth and sixth-round pick. The Cowboys also sent their own sixth-round pick to the Browns, so Cleveland could take on the remaining three years and $60 million left on his contract.
Dallas sheds $20 million in cap space while Cleveland gets a No. 1 wide receiver after the Odell Beckham debacle. So who won the trade between the two teams? Here are the grades for both the Cowboys and Browns:
The Cowboys should get some credit for receiving two draft picks for Cooper, a player they were going to release to save $20 million in salary cap space next week. Even though Dallas was stuck between a rock and a hard place, the Cowboys could have received higher draft compensation for Cooper right?
Cooper is owed $20 million per year over the next three years, a player Dallas once traded a first-round pick to acquire and ignite the offense for a deep playoff run — which never happened. What’s even more perplexing is the Cowboys commitment to Ezekiel Elliott and his $18.22 million salary for 2022, as Dallas can’t move on from that six-year, $90 million deal this offseason since they restructured his deal last August to create cap space.
Tony Pollard was the more efficient running back last year and is still on a rookie deal. Dallas has a great running back combination with Elliott and Pollard, yet will have to rely on them more frequently with the loss of Cooper. The Cowboys will still have an excellent passing game with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup (who the Cowboys are in talks of re-signing), along with tight end Dalton Schultz — but the loss of Cooper will be a hard pill to swallow as he opened up a lot of opportunities for the other pass catchers and elevated Dak Prescott’s game since his arrival in 2018.
The Cowboys should be fine without…