It didn’t seem as though wide receiver Amari Cooper met with reporters during the Dallas Cowboys’ offseason program without fielding questions about his contract situation, including his final press appearance during mandatory minicamp last week.
Cooper had no update for the media, saying he hadn't talked to his agent recently.
“I don’t even like talking about the contract with him,” Cooper said. "I feel like it’s one of those things that will just naturally happen. …
"I just handle my business. I'm more anxious about camp and actually playing football.''
Cooper is under contract for the 2019 season, but with the Cowboys’ front office expressing a desire to keep the former Alabama All-American from reaching free agency, his next contract has become an early news item. But heading into the summer break without a new contract isn’t necessarily a bad deal for Cooper.
Cooper already will be one of the NFL’s highest-paid wide receivers in 2019. The fifth-year option on his rookie contract will pay him $13.924 million this season -- almost 20 times his 2018 base salary of $700,000. But even with that boost, the total value of Cooper’s contract ranks 37thamong NFL wide receivers.
Odell Beckham Jr. of the Cleveland Browns has the most lucrative contract among wide receivers at $90 million for five years, and 13 other wide receivers hold contracts worth twice the value of Cooper's expiring deal.
"I don’t know exactly what they’re getting,'' Cooper said about his market value. "I know the neighborhood.''
The high end of that neighborhood is expected to get two new residents soon, with one scheduled to move in this summer.