The Dallas Cowboys have finally traded star receiver after weeks of speculation. The Cowboys sent Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns this afternoon. Dallas will also send a sixth-round pick to the Browns. Cleveland will send a 2002 fifth and sixth-round picks. Cleveland entered the offseason in search of helping at the WR position for Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is entering the final year of his deal and the Browns haven’t made a move to extend his deal. Baker Mayfield is also coming off of surgery to his injured shoulder. Cleveland was hoping that Odell Beckham Jr. would become the same receiver that made him a superstar. Beckham Jr. was released in early November and was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams. Beckham Jr. flourished with the Rams and helped them win the Super Bowl while tearing his ACL again in the big game.
Cleveland finished the season with an 8-9 record, which was disappointing seeing they had lofty expectations. The Browns didn’t have a receiver with more than 600 yards and only Jarvis Landry had 35 receptions. The future of Jarvis Landry was already in question before the Browns landed Cooper. With a $16.6 million cap hit with no guaranteed money left on the final year of his deal and seemed unlikely to be back. Despite Landry saying he would like to remain in Cleveland, they have granted him permission to seek a trade. Cooper was one of the best receivers in the league ever since he was traded to Dallas. Cooper’s future with the Cowboys had been in question going back to last off-season when the club opted not to restructure his contract. Cleveland was one of the potential destinations mentioned for Cooper.
While he signed a five-year, $100 million contract in 2020, it was effectively a two-year deal worth $40 million with his 2021 base salary of $20 million not becoming fully guaranteed until March 20. CeeDee Lamb will step into the role of the #1 receiver in Dallas. There have been contract talks between Michael Gallup and the Cowboys about an extension. Gallup suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 17, had surgery in February but are confident he can be ready for game action in September. Gallup has one 1,000-yard season to his credit. Before suffering the knee injury, he missed seven games with a calf strain.
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