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Why Amari Cooper more focused on taking next step with Dak Prescott than contract

Cowboys miss not having No. 1 pick but have no regrets about trading for Amari Cooper

Cowboys miss not having No. 1 pick but have no regrets about trading for Amari Cooper
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Cowboys miss not having No. 1 pick but have no regrets about trading for Amari Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys are in active negotiations with receiver Amari Cooper on a contract extension, per vice president Stephen Jones.

Cooper, who was acquired in a mid-season trade from the Oakland Raiders in 2018, has one year left on his deal and is set to make $14 million in 2019 in the fifth year of his rookie deal.

Yet, Cooper is more focused on getting better with his teammates and earning respect than the contract. Although he recently had a conversation about it with Jones at the Cowboys club, he has let his agent Chafie Fields handle the talks with the team.

“I’m more focused on actually playing and really earning the respect and then the contract,” Cooper said at the 105.3 The Fan Mudbug Bash in Arlington Saturday. “I really don’t think about it much. I feel like we have time.”

With the rising market for receivers, it’s not lost on Cooper that he stands to make an average of $16 million a year or more on a multi-year extension. He knows the money is coming, especially with the aggressive way the Cowboys are going about trying to get the deal done.

“That is why I am not worried about it,” Cooper said. “I feel like they are active about it. They want to get it done…The market has gone up. I am happy about that. I feel we are in a good place. I feel blessed.”

Cooper is also not worried about taking the next step with quarterback Dak Prescott. With 53 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games following the trade, Cooper can’t even fathom how much better they can be together in 2019 after a full off-season and training camp.

“I feel like the only way to go is up with me and Dak. We just have a natural chemistry. That’s rare,” Cooper said. “We’ve been throwing. I know him a lot more. I know how he likes to throw the ball. He knows how I like to run my routes. I feel like we’re getting better.”
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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.