It came as no surprise as the Oakland Raiders made fact what many reports had indicated for days – the team exercised its fifth-year option on wide receiver Amari Cooper today extending his contract through the 2019 season.
Cooper was a fifth round selection out of Alabama in 2015 and has racked up 203 receptions for 2,903 yards and 18 touchdowns in 46 games as a Raider. Cooper got off to a fast career and is just one of three players in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards and 70 catches in each of their first two years.
Despite a down year in 2017, he’s still has been extremely productive for Oakland. Cooper is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team after his first campaign. He also set rookie records for the Raiders franchise in both receptions (72) and yards (1,070) in 2015. He followed that up in 2016 with 83 receptions and 1,153 yards. As the Raiders struggled in 2017, Cooper’s numbers dropped. He finished 2017 with 48 receptions for 680 yards – but he did score a career-high seven times during the season.
Cooper’s value – should be bounce back in 2018 – could rise rapidly. With the current wide receiver market out of this world, he’s is still a value despite some doubting whether he can regain the form of his first two years. Consider this: oft-injured Sammy Watkins signed a three-year $48 Million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The high wide receiver market might have kept the Raiders from signing another wideout after committing $15 Million for two years to Jordy Nelson.
Raider Nation seems supportive of the Raiders signing him to a longer term deal. Do you think the Raiders should lock him up despite the exercise of his fifth-year option today?