Amari Cooper: I Want To Be A Dallas Cowboy For Life

105.3 The Fan
March 05, 2020 - 9:29 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The March 12th franchise tag deadline is fast approaching and the Cowboys still don't have deals in place with quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper.

Cooper joined 105.3 The Fan on Thursday night to discuss his future with the Cowboys. 

"I love being a Dallas Cowboy. I love everything about it. I think about it every day," Cooper said on the Nosebleed Seats. "Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, you can't beat it. I want to be a Cowboy for life."

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Cooper was also asked about his relationship with Prescott and how important it is to have him alongside him in Dallas. 

"Very important. We've built a good relationship so far. From the time I got here, we were able to hit the ground running, and just from my experience in being in the NFL I wouldn't say that's a common thing," said Cooper. "Sometimes you can line up with a quarterback after getting traded or going to a new team, whether it's the draft or whatever, and it not go smooth. And so, I wouldn't try to trade that for anything because I know what can be on the other side of that. I would say it's very important." 

Last week at the NFL combine, team owner Jerry Jones said he voted in favor of the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement players are currently voting on. 

Speaking with the media in Indianapolis, Jones said the new CBA will be better in the long run despite the fact that it would limit teams to using just one franchise tag. 

“It removes a very strategic thing for us. That is, we lose the transition [tag>. Strategically, that was really thought of a lot,” Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. But "the positives outweigh the negatives. That’s the way it will be for most anybody who looks at.”

The removal of one of the franchise tags puts the Cowboys in a difficult position as they would like to retain both Prescott and Cooper. 

“It’s what it is. We’ll just have to figure out a way to (get it done). ... There’s no question it’s going to put on a bigger angst," said Jones. 

Earlier that same week, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said he last spoke with Cooper's representation at the Super Bowl. Jones characterized those conversations as "very upbeat" but “we haven’t really gone into any details with any players since the end of the season. Really want to see where the CBA is," he said, per Jane Slater of the NFL Network. 

In 2019, Cooper led the Cowboys in catches (79), receiving yards (1,189), and touchdowns (8).