Amari Cooper wants to be 'Cowboy for life' as free agency closes in
- The Cowboys and Amari Cooper want the same outcome from free agency after the receiver spoke of his desire to stay at AT&T Stadium.
Amari Cooper says he is eager to be a "Cowboy for life" and thinks about the prospect of staying in Dallas every day.
The wide receiver, 25, is one of the leading NFL players set to hit free agency when the new league year begins on March 18.
Cooper can expect to be in demand after racking up 5,097 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns in his first five seasons as a professional, including 1,189 yards and eight scores in 2019.
But his desired option would be remaining with the Cowboys, with the team also hoping to retain quarterback Dak Prescott.
"I love being a Dallas Cowboy," Cooper, who was traded to the team from the Oakland Raiders during the 2018 season, said on 105.3 The Fan.
"Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, you can't beat it and I love everything about it. I think about it every day. I want to be a Cowboy for life.
"They have a lot of primetime games. They have more night games than everybody, really. That always feels good as a football player."
"I want to be a Dallas Cowboy for life."With his contract expiring in less than two weeks, Cooper made his preference perfectly clear.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) March 6, 2020
On the significance of his rapport with Prescott, four-time Pro Bowler Cooper added: "We have built a good relationship so far.
"From the time I got here, we were able to hit the ground running, and just from my experience in being in the NFL I wouldn't say that's a common thing.
"Sometimes you can line up with a quarterback after getting traded or going to a new team, whether it's the draft or whatever, and it does not go smooth.
"And so, I wouldn't try to trade that for anything because I know what can be on the other side of that. I would say it's very important."
With Prescott a candidate for the franchise tag, Cooper may receive the transition tag before March 12 deadline, although the Cowboys' preference is to strike a long-term deal.
Even if he is tagged, the situation may become more complex due to the CBA vote which, if approved, would mean teams cannot use two tags in the same year.Published 06 Mar 2020, 23:52 IST