Amari Cooper Contract

Last Modified Jan 19, 2024 10:16 GMT

While more high-profile names have taken away the spotlight, Amari Cooper continues to impress as he tallies together a remarkable career of strong Pro Bowl-level consistency. Even this season, with the Cleveland Browns offense struggling for the majority of the year, Cooper has been the lone bright spot in their offensive attack, enjoying a stellar year by any metric. Since Joe Flacco arrived on the scene, Cooper’s numbers have taken a dramatic upswing with a 200+ yard performance in the mix. But, his trajectory for greatness began long before he became a member of the Browns.


After dominating at the collegiate level, finishing as the Alabama leader for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns, Cooper would finish third in Heisman Trophy voting, winning the Fred Biletnikoff Award in the process, while being named a unanimous All-American. Almost a unanimous selection as the best wide receiver in the class, Cooper would go to the Oakland Raiders with the fourth overall pick. He would pay immediate dividends. In his first two seasons, he would tally over 1,000 yards each, earning Pro Bowl selections both times, as well as a spot on the All-Rookie Team. But, his third year saw a decline in almost every statistical category. Despite tallying 210 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 7, his numbers for the year were subpar.


After starting off the 2018 season similarly with below-average numbers, the Raiders traded Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys, a genuine blessing for his career. In the 9 remaining games of the year, he would tally over 80 yards a contest, crossing the 1,000-yard barrier once again, and earning his third Pro Bowl selection. The next season, he would once again flourish in the Cowboys' attack, totaling a career-high 1,189 yards and earning his fourth Pro Bowl selection.


Before the next season began, the Cowboys and Cooper would agree on a five-year, $100 million contract extension. Despite the Cowboys enjoying a revolving door at quarterback due to injuries, Cooper was excellent throughout, once again crossing the 1,000-yard barometer. After a dip in performance through 2021, the Cowboys would trade him to the Cleveland Browns, where he once again re-energized his career. Totaling a 1,160-yard season in 2022, he enjoyed one of his best seasons to date. This season, however, has been his best so far. Whether it is a franchise-record 265-yard performance or consistency despite a floundering quarterback situation, Cooper has put together the best statistical year of his career, with 1,250 yards to his name.


Amari Cooper Contract
Amari Cooper

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Amari Cooper Contract Breakdown

Here is a breakdown of Amari Cooper’s current five-year deal with the Cleveland Browns:

ContractSigning BonusAverage SalaryGTD at SignTotal GTD
5 yr(s) / $100,000,000$10,000,000$20,000,000$40,000,000$60,000,000


YearBase SalarySigning BonusCap HitDead CapYearly Cash
2020$10,000,000$2,00,000$12,000,000$40,000,000$20,038,777
2021$20,000,000$2,000,000$22,000,000$28,000,000$20,000,000
2022$1,120,000-$4,896,000$20,000,000$20,000,000
2023$20,000,000-$23,776,000$35,104,000$20,000,000
2024$20,000,000-$23,776,000$11,328,000$20,000,000

How much is Amari Cooper getting paid?

Cooper’s current contract is earning him just a humongous sum of $20 million annually, on average. By the time his contract runs out in 2024, he will have earned a total sum of $100,000,000 through his time with the Dallas Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns.

How much money does Amari Cooper make a minute?

Cooper's earnings from the entire four-year deal are exactly $100 million which earns him approximately $38 per minute each day.

Cooper has a great contract with the Browns, which he first put to pen with the Dallas Cowboys, appropriate for a man of his talent and production. However, the large-scale nature of the deal does limit some of Cleveland’s flexibility and maneuverability. But, with the way he has performed since arriving, it looks unlikely that there will be any movement from the Browns in regards to Cooper.


How much of Amari Cooper’s Contract is guaranteed?

Cooper is set to earn 3/5th of his contract - $60,000,000, as the amount guaranteed at signing. A guaranteed clause in a contract is the equivalent of a get-out-of-jail-free card for an NFL player. They ensure that the player receives a certain part of the contract money if they cannot play due to adverse circumstances. A guaranteed sum ensures that a player gets paid even if they miss games due to injury, a decline in skill leading to lineup adjustments, or even off-field controversies, etc. With his consistency both in terms of production and availability, making a large portion of his contract guaranteed was a no-brainer.


What are the terms of Amari Cooper’s Contract?

Cooper’s contract is one without many clauses or offsets. The 5-year, $100,000,000 contract he signed with the Dallas Cowboys has carried over into his tenure with the Cleveland Browns. Two-fifths of the contract, $40,000,000 was guaranteed to Cooper at the time of signing, with an additional $20 million too guaranteed, bringing the total guaranteed sum to $60,000,000. A part of that guarantee was a $10,000,000 signing bonus that Cooper received, with the salaries for all future years guaranteed based on roster availability. $18,800,000 of his base salary from 2022 was converted into a signing bonus for two void years to give the team some cap flexibility to pursue premier free agents.


Amari Cooper Contract FAQ's

A. The Cleveland Browns had to trade a single fifth-round and sixth-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys to acquire Amari Cooper, with his contract worth $20,000,000 annually at his production, serving a relative bargain. 

A. Amari Cooper has compiled four 200-yard games, making him the second player behind Terell Owens to notch 200-yard games with three different teams.

A. Amari Cooper had a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds.

A. The five-year $100 million contract that Amari Cooper signed with the Dallas Cowboys has carried over to the Cleveland Browns, making his annual earnings come around $20 million. This season, the entire amount will classify as his base salary, which carries a cap hit of $23,776,000.

A. Amari Cooper was selected fourth overall in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders.

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