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.
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.