It took less than a full season in Dallas for Amari Cooper to make a lasting impression.
But his statistics are the only numbers he’s looking to discuss, as the Cowboys wide receiver reiterated he doesn’t care to talk about his finances and isn’t striving to become one of the league’s highest-paid players.
Cooper, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, told reporters Monday he’s not worried about his status.
“It really doesn’t matter to me — not even thinking about that,” Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I’m just more focused on how I play and how I approach the game, the type of work that I put in. I really want to play well. I think everything starts with that.
“If you play good football, you’re going to be around for a long time. I do want to be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time. I love the organization. I love everything we have going on.”
Cooper expressed patience for the process and acknowledged his contract extension will come in time, though he clarified the meaning behind his earlier comments and said he wants to prove that he’s earned a new deal first.
“I think I’m just scratching the surface,” Cooper said. “I think people haven’t seen half of what I can do out there on the field. I have so much more great plays in me, so much more good football ahead of me. My best football is ahead of me.
“I just turned 25 years old. A lot of the great receivers in this game are older than I am. I think I just have so much in store. That’s what I meant by ‘not now.'”
Cooper 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.