We knew this day would come. Amari Cooper is entering the final season of his rookie deal which is when players begin talking extension. The Raiders valued a first round pick more than what they were getting from Coop, so when the Cowboys offered it, they took it.
The Cowboys knew this was coming as well and made the deal figuring having a Pro Bowl receiver was more valuable than what turned out to be a low first round pick. Even if that Pro Bowl receiver would be looking to get paid very soon.
But it seems they weren’t quite prepared for just how much Coop and his agent would be demanding.
According to a report in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Cowboys are much further along in contract negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott than they are with Cooper in part because Cooper’s contract demands are “shockingly high” even for a team that recognizes he will make at very minimum $16 million per season.
For what it’s worth, the Raiders are paying Antonio Brown an average of $16.7 million and they got him for the low price of a 3rd and 5th round pick. Granted Brown is 31 and Cooper is 25, but even if the contracts were identical (which it sounds like Cooper wants a lot more) the Raiders would still rather have Brown and safety Johnathan Abram — who they selected with the pick they acquired from the Cowboys — than Cooper and a third and fifth round pick.