Two games into the 2022 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are one of the four NFL teams with only one touchdown pass, and ranked 23rd in passing yards.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott remains at least a game or two back after being hurt in the season opener. Former 1,000-yard receiver Michael Gallup, free agent James Washington, and third-round pick Galen Tolbert, didn’t run a road in any of the Dallas games.
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Cowboys 2021 Pro Bowl receiver, CeeDee Lamb, picked up nine of 22 footballs thrown at him for 104 yards and didn’t land in 2022.
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Meanwhile, Amari Cooper, who was traded by the Cowboys with the Cleveland Browns’ sixth-round pick in March for fifth- and sixth-round draft options, had nine receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown Sunday, then had seven receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown Thursday night.
On Friday during an appearance on KRLD-FM in Dallas, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he had no doubts about the ability of the former Alabama All-American when he traded Cooper with three seasons remaining on his contract.
“The problem with Amary Cooper was how much we pay him and what we can do with that money in full,” Jones said. “Amari Cooper is a really good player, the best player and should be able to join any team that is in the NFL. But do you want to put that much money into it or do you have that much allotment or would you rather have a better offensive line? Would you rather have a better dash to pass?
“You can’t have everything.”
Had Cooper stayed with the Cowboys, he would have had the highest salary cap figure in Dallas, even greater than Prescott, who has a four-year contract worth $160 million. Cooper would have counted $22 million for the cowboy cover. Through his circulation, Dallas earned about $16 million in the cover room.
Cleveland quickly renegotiated Cooper’s contract, putting it at $4.896 million, instead of $22 million, against Brown’s salary cap in 2022, although that number would jump to $23.776 million in 2023 and 2024.
After capturing 79 passes for 1,189 yards, eight touchdowns and receiving his fourth Pro Bowl invite in five NFL seasons in 2019, Cooper signed a five-year, $100 million contract with Dallas.
Cooper had 92 receptions for 1,114 yards and five touchdowns in 2020 before his numbers plummeted in 2021, when he had 68 passes for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.
With a 1-1 record, Dallas will open its NFC East schedule on the road against the New York Giants at 7:15 p.m. CST on Monday in the final game of Week 3.
Cooper and Cleveland began their third week by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 Thursday night to go to 2-1. The Browns are off until October 2, when they visit the Atlanta Falcons.
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Mark Enabinet is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at Hahahaha.