NFL Rumors: Eagles Swap 2 Frustrating First-Rounders for Cowboys Star
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to release or trade Amari Cooper in the coming weeks as they dedicate resources to other talented players. The four-time Pro Bowl receiver had one foot out after Jerry Jones expressed frustration about his production in January.
Cooper owes $20 million in guaranteed money if he’s on the Cowboys’ roster on day five of the league’s new year. This deadline is March 20, so time is running out. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles are looking for a receiver to partner DeVonta Smith and Cooper fits the bill. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound player turns 28 in June, making him just six months older than Calvin Ridley. Cooper is also more refined.
“It’s always a challenge, he’s one of the best in the game, a pro at what he does,” Eagles cornerback Darius Slay said of Cooper in 2021 for a long time. He’s been in league seven [years]; I was in league nine. We understood each other very well. »
Cooper is coming off a “down” year in 2021 by his standards after recording 68 catches for 865 yards and eight touchdowns. The Alabama product has 7,076 career receiving yards, including 719 in nine career games against Philly. He would certainly look good in a complementary role alongside Smith if the Eagles were willing to shell out the top dollar. Cooper earns $20 million a year, and his new team is expected to negotiate an extension within that range. It’s worth a call.
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Cooper is an interesting name to watch as the free agency period is set to begin on March 16. The Eagles will no doubt check any passing passers available, especially someone they know intimately from a fierce NFC East rival. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys might rather trade Cooper than cut him.
If so, watch out. The Eagles have a lot to offer in a trade via draft picks or young players who need a change of scenery (see: left tackle Andre Dillard and Dallas native Jalen Reagor). Fans were ready to pull the trigger on Friday.
Eagles Like Quez Watkins as WR #2
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman addressed the wide receiver position during his press conference Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. He looked optimistic as he left Quez Watkins as No. 2 heading into the 2022 season, while reiterating that no one has given up on Reagor living up to expectations.
“Well, when you look at Quez [Watkins], I think Quez had a hell of a year,” Roseman said. “Really, when you look at him and you really go into a position where he didn’t play in college as a slot catcher. The guy is extremely talented, extremely hardworking.
Head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters he had already moved Watkins above Reagor on the depth chart. Training camp should be a chance for both guys to settle things once and for all.
“We talked about it at the end of the season; we need jalen [Reagor] take another step,” Roseman said. “We need Jalen to do some of the things we drafted him for. He knows it. There is no secret about this. We told him the same things.