Redskins Were Serious About Landing Amari Cooper

The Cowboys re-signed wide receiver Amari Cooper to a five-year, $100 million deal with $60 million guaranteed earlier this offseason.

But before that, another NFC East team made a serious push to pry him away.

Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera confirmed to reporters on a video conference call that they made a push to land the Pro Bowl receiver.

“Amari was somebody we chased hard all the way until the end,” Rivera said, via JP Finlay of NBCSportsWashington. “We would’ve love to have him apart of what we’re trying to do here. He would’ve been a great veteran presence.”

“We were in it, talking about a substantial amount of money,” Rivera continued. “At the end of the day, he made a decision, and we have to respect it. He would have made a great addition.”

The Redskins found a future star in Terry McLaurin last season, but lost Paul Richardson, Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis this offseason.

This year’s draft is loaded with receiver talent, but the Redskins have the second overall pick which is expected to be Chase Young, and they don’t have a second-round pick as they traded it to the Colts last year. Their second pick in this year’s draft is slotted at No. 66 in the third round. McLaurin was selected at No. 76 last year, so maybe they can find a diamond in the rough once again.

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