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Browns restructuring Amari Cooper’s contract proves the trade was never about the money

For the first time in the entire offseason, Dallas Cowboys fans started the weekend on a high note. Of course, this newfound optimism comes as the front office ended its drought by being the latest to sign an outside free agent.

Not only has the curse been lifted, but it has come in the form of two intriguing additions in the wide James Washington, who projects as a No. 3 receiver on the rise, and Dante Fowler, who, while having struggled with consistency and injuries in his career, could be revived after reuniting with former DC Dan Quinn.

As we’ve seen with the Cowboys this offseason, however, good news has largely been followed by seismic disappointments.

Look no further than DeMarcus Lawrence’s extension. After it looked like the cap savings generated from that maneuver would be used to re-sign Randy Gregory, the coveted rusher pushed Dallas back for Denver in the eleventh hour.

So what could possibly dampen the mood of Cowboys fans after the signings of Washington and Fowler? We’re glad you asked. How about the Browns already restructuring Amari Cooper’s contract to save $15 million in ceiling space?

Former Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has already agreed to restructure his contract with the Browns.

It seems like it took the Browns a whole week to realize that restructuring Cooper’s contract was in their best interest. The question is not why the Cowboy did not exercise this loophole. That’s why they didn’t want to move forward with Cooper.

This, of course, assumes they were aware of the cap savings that would come from restructuring his deal.

The Cowboys front office is also dysfunctional and stubborn as they comebut we like to think they knew converting Cooper’s base salary into a signing bonus would save $15 million, just $1 million less than what they saved by trading him.

All of this proves that the Cowboys’ management of Cooper’s future was never about the money. For some reason, they had no intention of keeping him. Was it about his vaccination status? His comments about wanting more targets, which is more of Kellen Moore’s problem than anything else? The fact that he played often?

Wasn’t the Cooper-Prescott relationship what everyone claimed it was? Does the front office really think Michael Gallup was the safest long-term investment? If so, we have much bigger issues to deal with, but it doesn’t look like Cooper wants to leave, so what’s the deal?

We’ll probably never know what apparently forced Dallas’ hand. Thanks to the Browns, however, we know the decision to get rid of the four-time Pro Bowler had nothing to do with the money, so don’t expect the speculation to die down soon.