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Cooper does not have much guaranteed money left on his contract.

Jerry Jones said Amari Cooper wasn't thinking about the team when he made his decision. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also expressed frustration with Amari Cooper not being vaxxed on @1053thefan: "It is a 'we' thing when you walk into the locker room. You can't win individually.

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper signed a five-year, $100 contract before the 2020 season. It made him the league’s highest-paid receiver in 2021 with a $20 million base salary and a $22 million cap number.

Yet, Cooper tied for 39th in receptions (68), 34th in receiving yards (865) and tied for 37th in points among non-kickers (eight touchdowns). He wasn’t even the leading receiver on the team with CeeDee Lamb catching 79 passes for 1,102 yards.

Cooper also didn’t enamor himself to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones by deciding not to get vaccinated. Cooper was one of only two unvaccinated players on the active roster.

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Jerry Jones Makes His Opinion On Amari Cooper Very Clear. Already without their top wide receiver heading into Thanksgiving, there's at least a chance the Dallas Cowboys won't be without another. Amari …

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also expressed frustration with Amari Cooper not being vaxxed on @1053thefan: "It is a 'we' thing when you walk into the locker room. You can't win individually. This is the classic case of how it can impact a team. Cowboys WR Amari Cooper was asymptomatic when testing positive last week for COVID-19, team owner Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan. His point is Cooper wouldn’t have been tested before Sunday’s game vs. Chiefs if fully vaccinated.

In November, Cooper tested positive for COVID-19 and missed two games. The Cowboys lost both.

On Friday, Jones didn’t hold back, expressing frustration with Cooper.

“How he fits in and he should take half the field with him when he goes and runs the field,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via Mark Lane of WFAA. “Not half, that’s an exaggeration, of course, but a whole bunch of that defense should have to honor Cooper. He ought to be able to catch it when they’re going in the middle with him. Others do. You throw to people that are covered all the time in the NFL.”

That doesn’t seem to bode well for Cooper’s future in Dallas, barring a pay cut.

As a practical matter, Cooper signed a two-year, $40 million deal. It allows the Cowboys to walk away with no guaranteed money and only $6 million in dead money for 2022.

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Jones said that Cooper was asymptomatic at the time he tested positive. While Jones praised the Cowboys' number one wide receiver for the type of player and person that he is, he also expressed some frustration with the situation Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised WR Amari Cooper for being “outstanding” from a character and intelligence standpoint. “But this is a classic case of how it can impact a team” when someone not vaccinated. “You cannot win anything individually. …

Whatever concerns there may have been about Amari Cooper ’s health, Jerry Jones cleared them up on Tuesday. During his weekly appearance on 105.3 FM The Fan, Jones was asked if there was cause for alarm with Cooper , who has been limited during the Cowboys' last three practices of training camp. "Not at all," Jones said. The question is understandable. Cooper has enjoyed a very productive training camp to this point, but he has spent much of the past week watching from the sideline.

“The reason those contracts are being discussed is because they have two sides to them; one’s got it coming and the other’s got to pay it,” Jones said. ”And the one that’s got it coming is going to go out and perform usually to the level of the contract. That’s usually the way I think about those contracts.”

The Cowboys have until March 20 to decide what to do with Cooper. That’s when his $20 million salary for 2022 becomes fully guaranteed.

Cooper admitted after the loss to the 49ers last week that he doesn’t know what his future holds but said he “hopefully” remains with the Cowboys.

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