FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have yet to make an official announcement finalizing the trade for Amari Cooper, but it appears they have cleared a spot for him once the trade goes through.
Wide receiver Brice Butler is expected to be officially released by the Cowboys. Not only did Butler send out a social media thanking the Cowboys fans, but the team is prepared to give his No. 19 jersey to Cooper, who wore No. 89 in Oakland.
Butler's second stint with the Cowboys had little to no production at all. He got one snap each in Sunday's loss to the Redskins and the road loss in Houston, where he only played the final snap of regulation on a Hail Mary attempt. Butler went deep Sunday against the Redskins for a pass that was incomplete.
After two seasons with the Raiders from 2013-14, Butler was traded to the Cowboys in 2015 and played nearly three full years. He caught 16 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns in 2016, and then 15 for 317 and three scores last year.
Butler signed with the Cardinals in free agency but was released at the end of camp. He rejoined the Cowboys last month but has been a non-factor.
With Cooper now in the mix, the Cowboys' receiving corps includes Michael Gallup, Cole Beasley, Deonte Thompson, Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin, who is still out with a groin injury.