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NFL rumors: Ex-Raider Amari Cooper has 'shockingly high' contract demands

NFL rumors: Ex-Raider Amari Cooper has 'shockingly high' contract demands

Amari Cooper fit the logo on his helmet after being traded from the Raiders to the Cowboys last season. The wide receiver simply turned into a star in Dallas. 

The 2015 first-round draft pick hauled in 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games with the Cowboys. He even added 13 receptions and a touchdown in two playoff games. Through six games as a Raider in 2018, he was a completely different player. 

Cooper only had 22 receptions for 280 yards and one touchdown for the Silver and Black last year. Sometimes a change of scenery is all a player needs, but a hefty bank account helps, too. 

To remain with the Cowboys when he becomes a free agent after the 2019 season, Cooper's contract demands have been "deemed shockingly high," Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reported on Tuesday. Hill also states the Cowboys recognize the floor of Cooper's contract should be at least $16 million per season. 

This begs the question, would you rather pay Amari Cooper the big bucks or shell out for new Raiders receiver Antonio Brown? 

The Raiders acquired Brown from the Steelers in March for a 2019 third-round draft pick and a 2019 fifth-round pick. They also immediately gave Brown, who turns 31 in July, a new three-year contract worth more than $50 million.

While he's now in his 30s, there's a strong argument that Brown has been the best wide receiver in football for the past six seasons. Since 2013, he has 686 receptions for 9,145 yards and 67 touchdowns. Brown's also made six straight Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All-Pro four times in the last six years.

Cooper, six years younger than Brown, has been highly inconsistent throughout his career. He's shown his star power with both the Raiders and Cowboys now, but is yet to establish himself as a top pass-catcher in the league. But with his age and natural talent, that could happen sooner rather than later. 

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The Raiders turned Cooper into the No. 27 pick in this year's draft, which they used on safety Johnathan Abram. They also completely overhauled their receiving corps with Brown and Tyrell Williams, among others.

Negotiations between Cooper and the Cowboys will be worth watching for Raiders fans, especially if Brown and quarterback Derek Carr find an instant connection this season.

Terrell Owens' 49ers Hall of Fame statue pose an easy decision for fans

Terrell Owens' 49ers Hall of Fame statue pose an easy decision for fans

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they will induct Terrell Owens into the 49ers Hall of Fame, but according to No. 81 himself, the pose for his statue in the museum at Levi's Stadium isn't known yet.

There are plenty of lasting images that come to mind when thinking about T.O. in a Niners uni. It could be Owens celebrating with the pom-poms or with a Sharpie. They also could go with the unforgettable image of him crying after The Catch II against the Packers.

With all that being said, the fans already have spoken: The consensus is T.O.'s iconic pose on the Dallas Star.

It seems like a win-win to pick the Dallas Star pose. Not only do you get a statue of one of the most iconic moments in franchise history, but you also make every Cowboys fan mad when they walk into Levi's.

Richard Sherman believes Earl Thomas to decide between 49ers, Cowboys


Richard Sherman believes Earl Thomas to decide between 49ers, Cowboys

Richard Sherman believes a reunion is possible with Earl Thomas with the 49ers, but not if the Dallas Cowboys come calling.

The 49ers cornerback told The Athletic's Matt Barrows and the Sacramento Bee's Chris Biderman that the free-agent safety would choose the Cowboys if the offers are equal. Still, Sherman believes his former Seattle Seahawks teammate would be a perfect fit in Santa Clara.

Thomas and Sherman played together in Seattle for seven seasons, forming the backbone of the NFL's most formidable secondary: The "Legion of Boom." Sherman signed with the rival 49ers last offseason, and Thomas seems like a lock to leave the Pacific Northwest after a tense season in Seattle.

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Sherman has made it clear all offseason that he wants Thomas to come to the Bay Area, and the 29-year-old would upgrade the 49ers' secondary. San Francisco has plenty of salary-cap space, but Thomas' age means that price will be a factor in whether or not the 49ers ultimately will sign him.

But if they do, Sherman's probably going to be happier than just about all of his teammates.