Eagles Could Swap 2 Frustrating 1st-Rounders for Cowboys Star

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Getty Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb celebrating after a huge play.

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to release or trade Amari Cooper in the coming weeks as they devote resources to other skill players, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The four-time Pro Bowl receiver had one foot out the door after Jerry Jones expressed frustration about his production in January.

Cooper is due $20 million in guaranteed money if he’s on the Cowboys’ roster on the fifth day of the new league year. That deadline is set for March 20, so time is ticking. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles are in the market for a receiver to pair opposite DeVonta Smith and Cooper fits the bill. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder will turn 28 in June which makes him only six months older than Calvin Ridley. Cooper is more polished, too.

“It’s always a challenge, he’s one of the best in the game, a pro at what he does,” Eagles cornerback Darius Slay said of Cooper during a September 2021 press conference. “We’ve been in a lot of battles, good battles, seeing each other for a long time. He’s been in the league seven [years]; I’ve been in the league nine. We got a great understanding of each other.”

Cooper is coming off a down year in 2021 by his standards after recording 68 catches for 865 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Alabama product has 7,076 career receiving yards, including 719 in nine career games against Philly. He would certainly look nice in a complementary role next to Smith if the Eagles were willing to shell out top dollar.

Cooper is making $20 million per year and his new team would have to negotiate an extension in that range. It’s worth a phone call.

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Andre Dillard & Jalen Reagor Trade Chips for Cooper?

Cooper is an interesting name to keep an eye on as the free-agency period gets set to begin on March 16. The Eagles will no doubt be checking in on all available pass-catchers, especially someone they know intimately from a fierce NFC East rival.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Friday, March 4 that the Cowboys might prefer to trade Cooper instead of cutting him.

If that’s the case, watch out. The Eagles have plenty to offer in the form of draft picks and/or young players who need a change of scenery. Among them: Left tackle Andre Dillard and Dallas native Jalen Reagor.

Philly fans and media alike were ready to pull the trigger.

“Absolute yes for Philadelphia,” wrote The Ringer’s Benjamin Solak. A sentiment that was shared by Philadelphia radio host Joe Giglio.

“If I’m Howie Roseman I don’t even chance Amari Cooper reaching free agency and allowing him to sign elsewhere. I know Eagles fans won’t wanna hear this but I’d be willing to make a trade with Dallas if the price isn’t unrealistic to guarantee getting him,” AJ Torres of Football Sapient tweeted.

Eagles Like Quez Watkins as No. 2 WR

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman addressed the receiver position during his media availability on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. He sounded bullish on trotting out Quez Watkins as the No. 2 option heading into the 2022 season, while reiterating that no one has given up on Reagor living up to expectations.

“Well, when you look at Quez [Watkins], I think Quez had a heck of a year,” Roseman said. “Really, when you look at him and really transitioning to a position he didn’t play in college as a slot receiver. The guy is extremely talented, extremely hard working.”

Head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters he had already moved Watkins above Reagor on the depth chart. Training camp should provide an opportunity for both guys to settle things once and for all.

“We talked about it at the end of the season; we need Jalen [Reagor] to take another step,” Roseman said. “We need Jalen to do some of the things we drafted him to do. He knows that. There’s no secret about that. We’ve told him the same things.”

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