Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys shocked the NFL world during the offseason when they sent Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns. All they received in return is a fifth-round pick.
The lackluster deal led some to believe Jones took issue with Cooper's play last season. After all, the Cowboys were upset by the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card Round. However, Jones trading Cooper had nothing to do with his performance.
Jones told reporters this Friday morning that he traded Cooper because of how much the Cowboys were paying him. By trading him, Jones now has more flexibility to improve at other positions.
“The issue with Amari Cooper was how much we were paying him, and what we could do with that money," said Jones. "Completely. Amari Cooper is a real good player. Top player.”
It certainly doesn't sound like there's any ill feelings from Jerry Jones toward Amari Cooper. He simply wanted more cap space to improve at other positions.
The real issues for the Cowboys regarding their financial situation is Ezekiel Elliott's contract. Including this year, Elliott has five more years on his contract. Dallas is locked in for the foreseeable future.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, play the New York Giants next Monday night.