FRISCO, Texas – Amari Cooper is officially a member of the Browns.
At the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon, Cleveland announced the trade with the Cowboys, which sends a 2022 fifth-round draft pick to Dallas for the four-time Pro Bowl receiver.
The teams also swapped 2022 sixth-round picks as part of the Cooper trade.
The Cowboys entered advanced trade discussions with Cleveland last weekend. Cooper's $20 million base salary for 2022 would have been guaranteed if he was still on the roster by March 20.
The trade saves Dallas $16 million on this year's salary cap.
Cooper made two Pro Bowls with the Cowboys (2018, 2019) and had a 93-catch season in 2020. He caught 27 touchdown passes over three and a half seasons with Dallas, including eight in 2021.
But the Cowboys, facing a tight cap situation, decided to part ways with Cooper and create space to re-sign wide receiver Michael Gallup and franchise-tag tight end Dalton Schultz.
Wide receiver depth still looks like a need as free agency begins. In addition to Cooper's departure, Cedrick Wilson just agreed to a free-agent deal with the Dolphins. Gallup is working his way back from February surgery to repair a torn ACL, though the club is hopeful he'll be ready for the start of the season.
CeeDee Lamb is now the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in Dallas. The Cowboys re-signed Noah Brown last year, and 2021 fifth-round pick Simi Fehoko is also on the roster.