Amari Cooper sees no problem with Dak Prescott’s asking price.
In fact, the Cowboys wide receiver believes his quarterback deserves to be among highest paid players at his position, noting Prescott’s drive and dedication as primary reasons.
“Most quarterbacks don’t have the best bodies or probably don’t really care much about the weight room because they’re more on the cerebral side of the game, but this guy takes every rep seriously,” Cooper said Monday on ESPN.
“He doesn’t miss a rep and I think that’s a big part of who he is. He’s just a competitor, he wants to do everything the right way. I haven’t played with too many guys like Dak Prescott, so I think he definitely deserves everything that’s coming to him. He definitely deserves to be paid amongst the highest paid quarterbacks in the league.”
Prescott, entering his fourth year in Dallas and the last on his rookie contract, said earlier this offseason he hopes to retire with the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. His agent, Todd France, has reportedly thrown out a range of $34 million per year on the heels of Carson Wentz’s record-breaking four-year, $128 million contract with the Eagles.
When asked about his own payday and if he should be the highest-paid receiver in the league, Cooper expressed patience for the process and said it will come in time.
“Not now,” Cooper replied. “Definitely looking forward to earning that respect and definitely looking forward to coming into this year and just putting up those numbers for my team and really showing what I can do in a full season as a Dallas Cowboy. I know that I have the skill set to be one of the highest-paid receivers. I’m just all about going out there and proving it.”
Amari Cooper spoke glowingly of Dak Prescott on Monday, said Dak deserves everything that’s coming to him and to be paid among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. (via @FirstTake) pic.twitter.com/yLizBC2YQZ
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Prescott, who turns 26 next month, has thrown for 10,876 yards and 67 touchdowns to go with 25 interceptions in his career. The Cowboys have a 32-16 record in his starts and have made the postseason twice in his three NFL seasons.
As for Cooper, he led Dallas with 725 yards on 53 catches and had six touchdowns in nine games last season after being acquired from the Raiders in October.