Cowboys Reportedly “Likely” to Cut Amari Cooper (Sup Bears?)

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Cowboys Reportedly “Likely” to Cut Amari Cooper (Sup Bears?)

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We are approaching that time of year where some of the toughest cap cuts are made. And if this one goes through, the Chicago Bears should be ready to pounce in any number of ways.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys are “likely” to release wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Every penny counts in the NFL, and cutting Cooper would create $16 million in cap space for the up-against Cowboys, who are more than $13 million *OVER* the cap (per OTC’s estimations).

A Cooper release figures to have significant trickle-down effect, particularly when it come to the receiver market where the Bears were already expecting to be major players.

GM Ryan Poles made it known he wants to pair QB Justin Fields with a premier receiver. Someone with the ability to bail out a quarterback on any given play. Should Cooper make it to the open market, he definitely checks those boxes.

Cooper, 27, has five 1,000+ yard receiving seasons and four Pro Bowl nods under his belt. He was a main target of Derek Carr during his time with the Raiders, while also serving as a primary target of Dak Prescott with the Cowboys. Seeing that Cooper has done big things with multiple teams and is still on the right side of 30 is pretty eye-opening. If you’re the Bears, and know your needs, how could you not at least kick the tires here?

Schefter calling Cooper’s release “likely” is interesting framing and phrasing. I suppose a team could trade for Cooper, inherit his contract and cap number. Although, the Bears aren’t really in the market to trade draft capital to swing a deal for Cooper. Especially with Poles saying he would like more picks to work with when drafting. So we could probably cross that possibility off the list. Nevertheless, let’s keep tabs on what happens with Cooper and if the Bears show interest. After all, they should.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.