A week of blockbuster trades in the NFL continued on Saturday.
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to acquire Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round draft pick and a swap of 2022 sixth-rounders, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. The trade cannot be finalized until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wed., March 16.
The Browns might not be done in the receiver market. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported later Saturday that the team has granted veteran Jarvis Landry permission to seek a trade — though Landry and his camp are open to remaining in Cleveland. Garafolo added that if Landry return it likely would involve a paycut as Landry is set to earn $14.3 million this season.
Signs that Cooper’s time with Dallas — who traded for the receiver in its own mega-deal back in 2018 — became evident in the aftermath of the Cowboys’ disappointing playoff exit.
Owner Jerry Jones expressed frustration in Cooper’s 2021 season during a January radio appearance, and he declined to discuss the receiver’s contract, which carried a $20 million base salary into the 2022 campaign. Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones further clouded the picture when he told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine that it was “too early” to address Cooper’s future.
That future crystalized shortly thereafter when Rapoport reported last week that the Cowboys intended to release the wide receiver if they were unable to find a trading partner. Dallas, however, had no shortage of teams inquiring about Cooper. Rapoport reported Saturday the Cowboys spent the week fielding trade calls, but he noted that Cooper’s 2022 salary (which becomes fully guaranteed later this month) was a sticking point in negotiations.
The Browns had the salary-cap space to absorb Cooper’s contract, and now head coach Kevin Stefanski has the No. 1 receiver his offense lacked following Odell Beckham Jr.‘s tumultuous exit last year, while Dallas frees up $16 million in cap space heading into free agency.
Cooper is coming off a down season after catching just 68 passes for 865 yards and eight TDs, but he instantly upgrades a Browns receiver group that might be losing Landry and has just Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz to round out the depth chart .
All-world Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald believes Los Angeles has “a real shot to repeat and really win a Super Bowl,” and also think he’s “getting faster,” and getting “better with age.”
Within the Bears’ new-look organization, quarterback Trevor Siemian sees a strong visualization of what lies ahead and that was a prevailing reason he was enticed to sign with the franchise.
NFL players, coaches and organizations took to social media Saturday to mourn the loss of Dwayne Haskins following the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s death.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died Saturday morning after he was hit by a vehicle in South Florida, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. He was 24. The Steelers confirmed Haskins’ passing.
Baltimore is re-signing star defensive lineman Calais Campbell to a two-year, $12.5 million contract, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. The deal can get up to $16.5 million with incentives.
One of the only lingering questions around Tampa Bay this offseason is will Rob Gronkowski return for another season? And if so, will he do so in pewter and red?
After the Giants announced the signing of Roy Mbaeteka, a Nigerian product of the NFL’s International Player Program, Osi Umenyiora was ecstatic to learn his protégé was signed by an NFL team.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Miami Dolphins are hosting free-agent LB Reuben Foster for a workout. Miami also announced the signing of punter Thomas Morstead.
The Baltimore Ravens are engaging in talks with free-agent RB Melvin Gordon on a potential deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. Gordon rushed for 1,904 yards during his two-year stint with the Broncos.
As Tyrann Mathieu looks for his next NFL team, the star safety laments his run being over in Kansas City after three seasons. Mathieu recently shared how much it stung that the Chiefs moved on.
Gabriel Davis put the NFL world on notice with a four-TD showing against the Chiefs in the playoffs. Stefon Diggs took time on Thursday to glow about Davis’ potential in Year 3.
Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell doesn’t think a quarterback needs to be elite for a team to find success. But the QB also can’t carry a woeful team, as the Lions know after having Matthew Stafford under center.
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