Alabama in the Pros

Amari Cooper declares he wants ‘to be a Cowboy for life’

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Amari Cooper has found a home in the National Football League that he likes, and he wants to remain there.

The home is with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. After being traded from the Las Vegas Raiders to the Cowboys on Oct. 22, 2018, the tandem of Prescott to Cooper has been prolific. 

Cooper had 725 yards with six touchdowns (nine games) in 2018– carrying a Dallas team that was 3-4 before his arrival to the NFC playoffs. In his first full season as a Cowboy, the former Alabama receiver set career-highs in starts (16 games), receiving yards (1,189), scores (eight) and yards per catch (15.1).  

He was invited to his fourth Pro Bowl after a strong 2019 performance and has four 1,000-yard seasons.

As he enters his sixth year in the pros, Cooper is set to hit the free agency market. 

Should the Cowboys franchise tag him or both sides agree to a huge contact, the marriage of Cooper and Prescott will continue. According to Kevin Patra of, the former No. 4 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft says he wants ‘to be a Cowboy for life.’ He likes the environment in Dallas and has built a strong rapport with Prescott, who is also set to hit the market if he does not get a new deal. 

Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones has to figure out a way to keep the two together. 

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He has battled through some injuries, but Cooper is now fully healthy and looks forward to dropping huge numbers in the coming season.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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