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Amari Cooper remains a Cowboy, signs a five-year contract

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After franchise-tagging Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys were able to aggressively keep someone who did not want to leave the organization. One day before the new year of the National Football League, the team signed Amari Cooper to a five-year deal at receiver. 

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Cooper’s contract is worth $100 million with $60 million guaranteed.

The former Alabama standout and 2014 Fred Biletnikoff Award winner gets to remain with “America’s Team” and continue the development of Prescott as a quarterback. 

Cooper is coming off a career season that consisted of 1,189 yards receiving with eight touchdowns on 79 catches. He averaged 15.1 yards per reception, while helping Prescott obtain his first career 4,000-yard (4,902) passing season. A native of Miami, Fla., Cooper earned his fourth invitation to the Pro Bowl and looks forward to helping the Cowboys win a Super Bowl. 

Prior to his new deal, he was selected No. 4 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. He spent three and a half years with the Raiders, until the franchise traded him to Dallas in exchange for a first-round pick (2019 draft) on Oct. 22, 2018. Through nine games with the Cowboys, Cooper totaled 53 receptions for 725 yards and six scores. He helped Dallas go from 3-4 at the start of the year, to winning seven of its last nine games and making the playoffs at 10-6. 

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The former BCS National Champion is still a Cowboy and is very happy. 

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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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