Chicago Bears should be all-in on signing Amari Cooper once released

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This offseason, the Chicago Bears have to address the wide receiver position in a major way. Fortunately, some news just broke which could help their cause.

For the last three and a half seasons, Amari Cooper has racked up more than 3,000 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys after being dealt by the Oakland Raiders.

Since joining Dallas, Cooper signed a 5-year contract extension worth $100 million. However, many believed that he would never play out the entirety of that deal.

Finally, the day has come where we see that rumor come to fruition. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cooper will be released by the Cowboys prior to the start of the new league year.

The Chicago Bears need to be all-in on signing Amari Cooper once he is released by the Dallas Cowboys.

When Cooper is cut loose, he will undoubtedly have a market. Davante Adams is the no. 1 prize in free agency for wide receiver-needy teams, but Cooper will immediately slot up there next to Chris Godwin as the second-best available.

New general manager Ryan Poles did recently say that he will be focused more on the second wave of free agency and try to be smart with his money. But, if a player like Cooper becomes available, it’s going to be difficult not to at least engage interest.

Cooper, after all, is the perfect type of wide receiver to add to this offense right now. Quarterback Justin Fields has his deep threat in Darnell Mooney, but Cooper gives him a guy who gets open and can make moves after the catch.

Cooper and Mooney would work very well off each other’s strengths, and give this offense two formidable wide receivers before the real free agency period even begins — and we haven’t even mentioned the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Bears only have five draft picks, and at least one of them will be used on a receiver at the moment. But, if Cooper comes to Chicago, then the Bears have much more flexibility with that second and third rounder.

Cooper is still just 27 years old and has been able to stay relatively healthy over the last several years, missing just a combined five games over his entire career. The word “consistency” comes to mind when talking about Cooper’s career.

Although there have been times, in the fantasy realm at least, where he’s “vanished,” Cooper’s availability is one of his best traits. He’s been able to suit up for the large majority of his career, and he’s exactly the type of receiver the Bears need right now.

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Poles needs to be all-in on signing Cooper, addressing a major need before the bulk of the offseason kicks into gear.