It’s only natural that wideout Amari Cooper and the wide receiver needy Eagles will be linked leading up to free agency. Wide receiver is the team’s biggest need on offense, and with the departure of Nelson Agholor and possibly Alshon Jeffery on the horizon, Howie Roseman will need to bring in multiple wideouts this offseason to help replace them.
Cooper will probably be the most sought after receiver on the open market. He’s just 25-years-old and has been a perennial Pro Bowler since he entered the league. Last season with the Cowboys he recorded his second straight 1,000 yard season, hauling in 79 balls and eight touchdowns in the process.
Giving Carson Wentz a weapon like Cooper is something we as fans should all want. Wentz carried a motley crew of practice squad receivers on a late season run to the postseason last year. Just imagine what he could accomplish with an elite weapon on the outside.
Wentz had an elite deep threat for just one full game in 2019 and he had one of his best games of the season. The potential of what this offense could be with the right weapons surrounding our quarterback is astronomical.
With how deep this draft is at the wide receiver position, I understand why some fans want them to address this need with a high draft pick. I’m sure Howie will still add to this receiving group through the draft, I just think it would be smart to sign Cooper as a sure thing and draft a receiver in the second or third round, given how deep the receiver talent is.
This way the front office can target the best secondary player with their first round pick, since that’s easily the biggest area of weakness on the defensive side of the ball.
Cooper will certainly demand a high price tag and cutting Jeffery — which seems more and more likely everyday — will hinder the team financially and restrict some of the possibilities in free agency. With that being said, Cooper should still be the team’s number one target in free agency.
With 10 draft picks to work with, the front office can focus on addressing the rest of the team’s needs through the draft, or perhaps use some of those draft picks to trade for someone.
I get some of the caution when it comes to signing former Cowboys, the Eagles haven’t exactly had a stellar track record of doing that. But Cooper is simply too special not to pursue. The thought of Wentz throwing to Cooper should entice any fan to want to make this a reality.