Amari Cooper is due for a large new contract this offseason. The question is how much is he worth getting paid by the Dallas Cowboys?
When it came to total receiving yards, with 1,189 yards he was 8th in the entire league (7th among wide receivers). With eight touchdowns, Cooper was 12th in the NFL (10th among wide receivers).
With all of these statistics considered, Cooper’s clearly a top ten wide receiver in the NFL. With that in mind, he’s certainly deserving of anywhere between $15 million and $18 million per season going forward.
Below is a list of the top 13 NFL wide receivers by average annual salary.
- Julio Jones: $22,000,000
- Michael Thomas: $19,250,000
- Tyreek Hill: $18,000,000
- Odell Beckham Jr.: $18,000,000
- Mike Evans: $16,500,000
- DeAndre Hopkins: $16,200,000
- Brandin Cooks: $16,200,000
- Adam Thielen: $16,200,000
- Sammy Watkins: $16,000,000
- Jarvis Landry: $15,100,000
- A.J. Green: $15,000,000
- Davante Adams: $14,500,000
- Stefon Diggs: $14,400,00
Getting paid in a range close to guys like Jarvis Landry, Brandin Cooks, DeAndre Hopkins, and Mike Evans seems about right for Cooper, especially considering the fact that he has all the leverage. He has easily been the best wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys since being traded for.
After giving up a first-round pick for Cooper midway through the 2018 season, Dallas would be foolish to let that pick go to waste. Due to that, perhaps Cooper will end up getting paid like a top-five wide receiver.
Another reason the Cowboys should pay Amari big money is his age. At just 25 years old, he is just now entering his prime. Even on a long term contract, he would finish out his contract while still young enough to be productive.
With 1,000+ yards receiving in four of his five professional seasons, in 2019 Cooper had the most receiving yards he had ever had in a single season. A combination of him trending up, entering his prime, being young, and having all of the leverage, Amari Cooper is worth and will get a major payday from the Dallas Cowboys.
Although young receiver Michael Gallup‘s trajectory is also trending up, he is not yet capable of being a No. 1 receiver. Cooper will have to shoulder that load for at least a few more years. The Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl window is shrinking. It’s not or never and Amari Cooper has to be part of the plan when it comes to the team’s future.