Could Amari Cooper Make Sense For Bucs?


In accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cowboys are more likely to launch vast receiver Amari Cooper. Beneath his present contract, Cooper will make $20 million this season. He’ll be 28 when subsequent season begins, which is younger sufficient to nonetheless be in his prime. Might Cooper be in play for the Bucs this offseason?

If Chris Godwin is retained as anticipated, the reply is nearly definitely no. Cooper’s market is a bit of little bit of a thriller, however there’s not a lot cause to imagine he’ll be properly beneath his present pay scale. The Alabama product adopted up two 1,000-yard seasons with an 865-yard recreation, however caught eight touchdowns. Cooper has missed solely 5 video games his entire profession, two of which got here final season. He’s sturdy, persistently productive and comparatively low upkeep.

With the NFL and NFLPA agreeing to remove COVID insurance policies, Cooper’s unvaccinated standing received’t matter anymore. He ought to be wholesome and out there for no matter workforce indicators him. I’d anticipate his subsequent contract to be a multi-year deal within the $15-20 million per season vary. That’s clearly far more than the Bucs will shell out for a 3rd receiver if Godwin re-signs in Tampa Bay.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

However even when Godwin walks, is Cooper the kind of receiver the Bucs covet? Whereas Cooper does have Jason Licht-level measurement (6-1, 210) and velocity (4.42), I’m undecided that he performs like a standard Bucs receiver. The 4-time Professional Bowler is an explosive route runner who can win downfield, however doesn’t block and performs inside sparingly. He wouldn’t be a pure substitute for Godwin, so his signing must be paired with an influence slot receiver.

Additionally, should you’re going to pay Cooper $15-20 million per yr, why not simply pay Godwin?

It’s onerous to think about a path the place Cooper to the Bucs is sensible. Regardless of coming off a down yr, he’s probably going to command vital cash on the open market. Another workforce goes to be extra in a position and keen to open their checkbook than the Bucs.

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