Will Commanders revisit Amari Cooper interest after Cowboys gaffe?
By Jerry Trotta
Before you ask, yes, the Dallas Cowboys are that stupid. On Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the inevitable, sharing that Jerry Jones and Co. are planning to release star receiver Amari Cooper before the new league year.
The move would save Dallas, which is currently $22 million over the cap, $16 million in cap space. It might feel like a necessary move from a financial standpoint, but there’s a reason the Cowboys are being clowned by NFL Twitter.
It’s fair to argue that Cooper, who will be eligible to sign elsewhere once the move becomes official, is the most important position player on the Cowboys’ offense. Letting him walk while accruing nothing in return is a miscalculation of epic proportions, but you won’t find us complaining.
More importantly, though, with Cooper on the cusp of hitting the open market, could Dallas’ gaffe become the Washington Commanders‘ reward?
Could the Commanders revisit their interest in Amari Cooper?
During the 2020 offseason, Ron Rivera’s first as Washington’s head coach, the Commanders made a muscular offer to Cooper in free agency. Reports suggest they offered Cooper more money than Dallas did, but the former Alabama star unsurprisingly opted for familiarity over the unknown.
However, the Commanders were said to be one of the only teams to bid on Cooper that offseason. We like to believe the four-time Pro Bowler hasn’t forgot that, and he could be open to the idea of sticking it to the Cowboys.
What better way to do that than sign for another NFC East team?
In three-plus seasons with Dallas, Cooper missed just two games, which speaks volumes considering how many injuries he battled through, and compiled 292 receptions for 3,893 yards and 27 touchdowns.
With four 1,000-plus-yard seasons under his belt and a consistent drawer of double-teams, Cooper would be a perfect complement to Terry McLaurin. And let’s not be quick to forget Curtis Samuel, who’s one season removed from tallying over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in Carolina.
Are we daydreaming? Perhaps, but the last time we checked Washington is in need of a wide receiver … regardless of how bullish Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew claim to be on the team’s current options.
At the very least, Cooper’s release will add to an already-loaded free agent pool and strengthens Washington’s position to add one of them. Whether or not the Commanders pursue Cooper, his availability is a win by itself.
But, man, it’d be awesome to swipe him from the Cowboys, who’ll likely end up regretting releasing him down the road.