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Why Amari Cooper Says Contract "Not On My Mind"


OXNARD, Calif. – Like most football-conscious people his age, Amari Cooper found out through social media about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas' new deal worth up to $100 million.

Cooper didn't exactly have notifications set up.

"It was a big contract. Good for him," he said after Thursday's walkthrough.

Will a mega-extension for Thomas – like Cooper, a two-time Pro Bowl receiver in his mid-20s – impact Cooper in his own negotiations with the Cowboys?

"I don't know if it will. Hopefully," he said with a laugh.

How much does he follow contract news in general?

"I don't follow it," he said. "I just have social media. It follows me."

Ask Cooper about anything about the financial side of his profession, and his response is essentially a shoulder shrug.

Talks with the Cowboys continue as the 25-year-old wideout enters the final year of his current contract, a $13.9 million base salary. Cooper's agent attended practice early in training camp here in Oxnard, a sign that dialogue continues behind the scenes.

When it comes to money, though, Cooper keeps his public comments brief.

"I'm just not anxious about the contract for some reason. It's just not on my mind," he said. "I'm more interested about just playing football."

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