The Dallas Cowboys grabbed their second straight win after getting past the Washington Redskins 31-23 on Thanksgiving, which has pushed them to the top of the NFC East.
The win featured a game-changing performance from former Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper, who put forth his best performance as a Cowboy with eight catches for 180 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Following the contest, owner Jerry Jones voiced that Cooper could be well on his way to a big payday, according to Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.
“That Amari looked like he’s making a bid for some cash,” Jones said.
Since being acquired by Dallas prior to the trade deadline, Cooper has been a major impact player in the passing game. He has tallied 22 receptions for 349 receiving yards and three touchdowns in four games played. This has already surpassed his level of production in the first six contests played with the Oakland Raiders this year, as he had 22 receptions for 280 receiving yards and a touchdown in those games.
Cooper has quickly shown that he can be the legitimate No. 1 wide receiver the Cowboys needed to stabilize their offense. He put his big-play ability on display against the Redskins with a 40-yard touchdown reception that was followed up by a 90-yard reception that gave the Cowboys much-needed separation.
If Cooper can continue to produce at a high level the rest of this season, he should be in line for a major payday this upcoming offseason as he will be entering the fifth-year option of his rookie deal worth $13.9 million for the 2019 campaign. The Cowboys may have their star wide receiver who could be a long-term piece of the puzzle, and he could see a lucrative long-term deal coming his way.