What Jerry Jones said about the Amari Cooper trade

Cowboys Jerry Jones. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Cowboys Jerry Jones. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Amari Cooper was traded from the Dallas Cowboys to the Cleveland Browns this past offseason and has looked great so far. Jerry Jones has some thoughts.

There are many positives to take from the Cleveland Browns win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. Not the least of which is, you know, they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Division rivalry, hated enemy. All good.

One specific standout from the game, though, was yet another exceptional performance from new wideout Amari Cooper. The former Dallas Cowboy had over 100 yards and a touchdown in the victory, his second consecutive game going over 100 yards after he did so in the loss to the New York Jets in Week 2, but let’s not dwell on that game anymore.

He’s the first Browns receiver to achieve this feat since Josh Gordon did it in 2013. Now, it seems the owner and general manager of his former team, the man who sanctioned the move that saw Cooper swap Texas for Ohio, has a little something to say about the trade. Jerry Jones, speaking to 105.3 The Fan, had this to say about trading Amari to the Cleveland Browns.

"“The issue with Amari Cooper was how much we were paying him and what we could do with that money, completely. Amari Cooper is a real good player. Top player, Should be able to be on any team in the NFL. But do you want to allocate that much money to it, or… would you rather have a better offensive line? Would you rather have a better pass rush? You can’t have it all, men. You can’t have it all.” — Jones on Cooper"

You can’t have it all. Not words they are accustomed to hearing in Dallas. Cowboys fans would probably like to have a receiver who can catch the ball. You know, like the Browns now have.

Cooper is building up an explosive understanding with stand-in QB Jacoby Brissett. In fact, it looks like, after the seemingly impossible to stop Nick Chubb-Kareem Hunt tandem, the relationship between Brissett and Cooper will be Cleveland’s go-to weapon going forward.

Coach Kevin Stefanski certainly likes what he sees, effusive in his praise of Cooper after the win over the Steelers, saying how much he enjoys his game. Jacoby was also full of praise for his new favorite target. What’s not to like? He has 19 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns in his first three games. This would put him on pace for over 1,200 yards on the season, the most by a Browns receiver since 1989. All this, remember, for the measly sum of a fifth-round pick in the recent 2022 NFL draft.

Are the Cowboys happy with their offensive line and pass rush? Who knows? As a fan of the Cleveland Browns, though, I’d personally rather have Amari Cooper causing havoc downfield and racking up yards. No. 2 looks like one of the best players in the league right now. And the NFL is a win-now league. Just ask the Los Angeles Rams.

You may not be able to have it all. But you probably can have more than the Cowboys have right now. Amari Cooper is a testament to that fact.

Thanks, Jerry.