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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. (Shane Roper/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

A whole bunch of rumors and nine figures later, Amari Cooper will remain with the Cowboys, as the star wideout agreed to a five-year extension in Dallas worth $100 million late on Monday night.

Word of Cooper’s extension with the Cowboys came after reports that the Redskins did their best to pry Cooper away from Dallas and to Washington, and reportedly offered “significantly more” than the Cowboys’ $100 million in their attempts. But it was clear that Cooper wanted to be with the Cowboys (or just not in Washington, which I mean, who could blame him?), and loyalty prevailed for a wideout who’s totaled 1,914 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 25 games with Dallas since 2018.

The news probably does come as a slight bummer to New England fans, though, as Cooper was linked to the Patriots entering free agency, and with the Patriots still in need of a definite upgrade at the wideout position amid all this Tom Brady speculation. Especially if what some of the rumors surrounding Brady — particularly the one that suggests the Pats need to upgrade the offense in terms of its ‘weapons’ around Brady — are indeed true as the 42-year-old Brady remains unsigned.

Cooper’s new deal with the Cowboys capped what was a straight-up wild day of legal tampering and star wideout movement around the NFL, as DeAndre Hopkins was traded from Houston to Arizona for David Johnson and a pair of picks, while long-disgruntled Vikings star Stefon Diggs was traded to the Bills for four draft picks.

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