Browns Struck Gold by Huge Trade offer from Dallas Cowboys for Essential star player

Dallas could actually save $8 million in 2024 by trading Cooks after June 1, adding another $2 million in savings in 2025 by waiting until summer to make the move.

 

Cleveland doesn’t need to hurry, as the franchise could easily wait for history to repeat itself.

 

“The Dallas Cowboys need to generate cap space and could look to do so by dealing one of their secondary wide receivers,” BR wrote Monday. “The Cowboys dealt Amari Cooper just two years ago to make room in the No. 1 role for CeeDee Lamb, and now, Lamb is extension-eligible.”

 

It was the Browns who benefited from Jones’ decision to deal Cooper. Berry picked up the team’s No. 1 wide receiver for the cost of just one fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick swap in 2022.

 

Cooper has since led the Browns in receiving in two consecutive seasons, earning the fifth Pro-Bowl nod of his career in 2023 on the strength of 72 catches for 1,250 yards and 5 TDs, per Pro Football Reference.

 

Ironically, BR also listed Cooper as among the Browns’ top trade candidates in the 2024 offseason. The wideout’s expendability is tied only to the money he is owed on the final year of his $100 million contract, which carries a salary cap hit just shy of $24 million next season.

 

Cooper, however, has proven invaluable to the Browns. As such, dealing him is an unlikely outcome. But extending the 29-year-old receiver makes some sense, in that doing so will allow Cleveland to push off some of his cost to the future while keeping its top pass-catcher for whatever remains of the team’s contention window.

 

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