Amari Cooper (Dallas Cowboys). Amari Cooper is the crown jewel of this free agent receiver class. And if the Redskins are willing to spend up at the receiver position, Cooper could be an option.
Even though he struggled with some injuries down the stretch, Cooper still put forth an excellent season for the Cowboys. As their top pass-catching target, Cooper was able to log 79 catches for 1,189 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns. Doing that while not being fully healthy certainly isn’t easy.
Cooper, the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, is still young and won’t turn 26 until June. He has a well-built 6-foot-1 frame and has all the skills a team looks for in a No. 1 receiver. He gets open, he can make contested catches, and he has enough speed to break a long one every now and then for the squad. Some team will pay for his services, especially if the Cowboys get into salary cap hell with Dak Prescott also due a new contract.
Cooper would be a nice fit for the Redskins as he would be a good all-around player that could continue to grow with their young receiving corps. Plus, having the versatility of both he and McLaurin could create nightmare scenarios for opposing defensive coordinators.
The one issue with Cooper is that he’s potentially due to become one of the league’s highest-paid receivers and could get a deal that pays him $20 million-plus per year. The Redskins may not be willing to pay that price for him, especially when they have other needs to fill at corner, on the offensive line, at tight end, and elsewhere.
Still, Cooper deserves consideration and should be in the top spot on this list. Because if the Redskins did invest in him, they’d have a young, core building block locked up long-term.