Jerry Jones really wanted to acquire Amari Cooper.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones did, too.
That is a high premium to pay for a player that is set to hit the free-agent market after the 2019 NFL season.
But did Jones and the Cowboys get leveraged by an NFC East rival?
Longtime NFL reporter Michael Silver said that the Philadelphia Eagles proposed a trade for Cooper last week that got turned down.
Last Sunday, Adam Schefter’s report for ESPN said that the Cowboys had researched Cooper “in recent days.” And Silver’s source said the Eagles made the offer sometime last week.
It’s unknown if the Cowboys were aware of the Eagles’ proposal or if the teams were still negotiating or not.
But if Jones and the front office did know, then it’s possible that the Cowboys met the Raiders’ asking price in order to acquire a player that they wanted and to keep him off the roster of a division rival.