In order to make room for the deal, the Cowboys restructured the contracts of running back Ezekiel Elliott and offensive tackle La’El Collins, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
The agreement means that the Cowboys will hold onto their trio of Cooper, Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott after hitting the latter with the franchise tag, holding him back from what would have been a highly lucrative free agency.
Cooper would have been top WR in NFL free agency
Like Prescott, Cooper was also set to hit free agency, and would have been the most attractive wide receiver on the market at only 25 years old and coming off a season of 79 receptions, 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns.
One of the teams that was reportedly interested in Cooper: the Cowboys’ rival Washington Redskins.
Here’s a twist: the Washington Redskins pursued Amari Cooper today and tried to pry him away. Dallas prevailed. https://t.co/DNuD48VV0B
Previously an infuriating player during his time on the Oakland Raiders, Cooper experienced a career renaissance after the Cowboys acquired him for a first-round pick in the middle of the 2018 season. Cooper immediately meshed well with Prescott, and gave the Cowboys a modern-day version of their famous triplets on offense.
Amari Cooper through the years
Amari Cooper through the years
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 10: Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys pulls in a pass for a touchdown against Mike Hughes #21 of the Minnesota Vikings in the second half at AT&T Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 28: Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys flips over Taron Johnson #24 of the Buffalo Bills after making a pass reception in the second half at AT&T Stadium on November 28, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) gains yardage after catching a pass during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
NFC wide receiver Amari Cooper, of the Dallas Cowboys (19), right, celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Kenny Golladay, of the Detroit Lions (19), during the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl football game against the AFC, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 22: Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper (19) leaves the field after warmups before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles on December 22, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 10: Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against Mike Hughes #21 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) celebrates his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime of an NFL football game, in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs past Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Eric Murray (21) and defensive back Ron Parker (38) to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. By moving Cooper around, the Raiders were finally able to get their star receiver going last week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) of Team Rice plays with a football during the NFL Pro Bowl practice at the Turtle Bay Resort, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Kahuku, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) and St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) arrive for the NFL Pro Bowl football draft, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Wahiawa, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs into the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown reception against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper poses for a portrait during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, on Saturday May 30, 2015 in Los Angeles at the LA Memorial Coliseum. (Dominic DiSaia/AP Images for NFL Players Inc.)
FILE - In this April 18, 2015, file photo, Alabama wide receiver Robert Foster (8) catches a pass and runs for a first down during the first half of Alabama's spring NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama's receiving corps doesn't have an Amari Cooper this season, just a bunch of guys who were at least as highly recruited as the Heisman Trophy finalist. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) catches a pass at Alabama's Pro Day, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The event is to showcase players for the upcoming NFL football draft. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Alabama receiver Amari Cooper, a Heisman Trophy finalist, poses with the trophy at a press conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in New York. The award is to be presented Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Heisman Trophy candidates, from left, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Alabama's Amari Cooper pose for a photo at the College Football Awards, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The winner of the Heisman Trophy will be announced on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) stiff arms Missouri defensive back Kenya Dennis during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 05: Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs a pass route during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Cowboys 31-24. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has consistently said he intends to keep that trio together. This deal means he’s two thirds of the way there, as Elliott is under contract through the 2026 season. The team still needs to figure out a long-term deal with Prescott, and the two sides have reportedly been far away in negotiations.