Pro Bowl wideout Amari Cooper is in the middle of another productive season with Dallas Cowboys which saw him reaffirming his status as one of NFL’s best at his position. Despite this, there is a lot of speculation about his future with the organization as he is currently in the final year of his deal.
Cowboys and Cooper have been negotiating a contract extension in the past several months, but the two sides failed to come close to an agreement until now. However, the 25-year-old doesn’t seem concerned about the situation and is convinced he will remain in Dallas for years to come.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Cooper told reporters on Monday when asked about his future. “Of course. Like I just said, I love it here. I want to be here. I just love this situation, my teammates. I just feel it’s the place for me.”
Reportedly, Amari Cooper has been asking to become one of the most paid WRs in football, something Dallas Cowboys were reluctant to give him in the past. Cowboys already committed big money to defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and running back Ezekiel Elliott earlier this season, and will probably have to give a massive extension to quarterback Dak Prescott soon. This makes it problematic for the team to pay Cooper as much as he is asking without sacrificing their depth in a big way.
On Cooper’s side, he has done everything to show he deserves a large contract. After a Pro Bowl season in 2018, he is on top of his game this year as well, having 64 receptions for 971 yards and seven touchdowns.
According to reports around the league, if he really wants to stay in Dallas, Cooper would have to give the team a discount. It now remains to be seen whether the player will choose to stay where he feels comfortable for less money, or go for the big bucks on the open market.