Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Amari Cooper's contract was the main reason why they decided to move on from the wide receiver this offseason. In 2020, Cooper signed a five-year, $100 million extension with the Cowboys.
Two years later, the Cowboys traded Cooper to the Cleveland Browns. With Cooper out of town, the Cowboys' next wide receiver No. 1 is CeeDee Lamb. But some have doubts regarding Lamb and feel that the Cowboys made a big mistake by letting Cooper go.
However, Jones insists that fans should look at the bigger picture and what prompted the team to trade Cooper.
Jones on why the Cowboys traded Cooper
“The issue with Amari Cooper was how much we were paying him and what we could do with that money completely,” Jones said during his appearance on KRLD-FM in Dallas.
“Amari Cooper is a real good player, top player and should be able to be on any team there is in the NFL. But do you want to allocate that much money to it or do you have that much allocation or would you rather have a better offensive line, would you rather have a better pass rush? You can’t have it all”.
It hasn't been a great start to the new seaosn for the Cowboys but at least they are 1-1 through the first two games. After Dak Prescott fractured his finger in Week 1, Cooper Rush led the Cowboys to a Week 2 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
With Prescott set to miss at least a few more games, Jones left the door open for the possibility of Rush replacing Prescott as the starting quarterback if he does well in the next few games. "Of course I want it," Jones said.
"If (Rush) comes in there and plays as well as Prescott played over these next games ahead, I'd walk to New York to get that. Of course we want Dak to be here next week. That's the thing, you do. But Dak and I want Rush to lead the team to a victory here and get another win.
Looking back, when Dak was playing instead of Tony, it was game by game. So do I think that it's possible for Rush to come in here and play at a level and win games the way Prescott did when he took over for Romo? Yes I do.
Yes I do. I certainly think that's possible." The Cowboys play the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.