Cowboys, Browns agree to Amari Cooper trade

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) in action during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, per CBS Sports' Josina Anderson.

Per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Browns will be sending a fifth-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys, and the two clubs will swap sixth-rounders.

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The Cowboys were expected to release Cooper prior to March 20, which is when his $20 million 2022 salary became fully guaranteed, but ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that several teams had discussed Cooper's availability in a potential trade, and now the Browns will make the move. Cooper has a three-year, $60 million contract remaining that will head to Cleveland, the Cowboys will take on just $6 million in dead cap in 2022 and clear $16 million in salary-cap space.

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The Cowboys can now focus their efforts on extending wide receivers Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson, and edge defender Randy Gregory. Dallas used the franchise tag on tight end Dalton Schultz, which carries a value of $10.913 million.

Cleveland needed wide receiver help following Odell Beckham Jr.‘s release during the 2021 season, and with some speculation that wide receiver Jarvis Landry could be released before the 2022 season.

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