3 Best Dark-Horse Amari Cooper Destinations in Free Agency

Larry Rupp
Three dark-horse destinations for wide receiver Amari Cooper in free agency.
Three dark-horse destinations for wide receiver Amari Cooper in free agency. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have boasted one of the most feared wide receiving cores in the NFL over the past few years. That group may look a lot different next season, though. Not only is Michael Gallup going to test free agency, but recent reports suggest Amari Cooper is going to be released as well.

NFL insider Adam Schefter said it is "likely" that Cooper will be off the roster by the start of the new league year and cited his $20 million in guaranteed money as a major reason why.

Here's a look at three dark-horse destinations for Cooper in free agency.

Amari Cooper Free Agency

1. Philadelphia Eagles

Seeing the Philadelphia Eagles snag a former divisional rival in free agency would definitely stir up the pot in the NFC East. General manager Howie Roseman has not been afraid of making big moves in the past and Philadelphia currently has over $20.9 million in available cap space to work with. The simple fact is the Eagles lack a complementary wideout to pair with DeVonta Smith and Cooper fits the mold. The four-time Pro Bowler averages 13.7 yards per reception in his career and has posted over 1,000 yards in a season five different times. Giving quarterback Jalen Hurts a reliable veteran on the outside would only cause his development as a passer to speed up.

2. Cleveland Browns

The Browns head into the offseason with nearly $29 million in projected cap space and a major hole to address at wide receiver. Signing Amari Cooper would be one way to fill in the gap left by the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. Quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled in 2021 and needs a No. 1 target he can go rely on early and often in games. Cooper has route-running skills to get open anywhere on the field and the speed to haul in even the most inaccurate passes. The former Alabama standout has three 200-yard games to his name and is still in the prime of his career. It'll be hard for the Browns to find a better resume than that in free agency.

3. New England Patriots

What a storyline this would be. Cooper landing with the Patriots would give head coach Bill Belichick the most talented WR he has had on the roster since the likes of Randy Moss. New England has the pieces in place to compete for a Super Bowl as showcased by their playoff berth in 2021. However, the team had just two pass-catchers finish with more than 605 yards. Cooper has posted less than 865 yards in a year just once and tied a career-high mark with 8 touchdowns last season. Quarterback Mac Jones showed off his accuracy during his rookie season, but the Patriots need to bring in a legit threat on the outside if they want Jones to reach his ceiling.

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