Better options for the Eagles than acquiring Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper #19, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Eagles could invest coins in Mike Williams or Chris Godwin in free agency.

It’s easy to see the intrigue with Cooper. After all, it isn’t like the Eagles haven’t gotten extended looks at him over the years.

The Cowboys are 6-3 versus the Birds with Coop in the lineup. During that time, he’s hauled in 41 receptions for 719 yards, and he’s reached the end zone four times. After having a guy be a thorn in your side for so long, you might be swayed into asking yourself questions about what he might provide as an ally, but if Philly’s plan is to explore free agency to upgrade their wide receiver corps, there will be better options available to them, guys with a little more juice left if you will.

As mentioned earlier, Amari Cooper is no scrub, but he’s clearly on the downside of what’s been an above-average NFL career. Guys like Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, and Mike Williams are still ascending. They’re also, more than likely, the top three wide receiver prospects in the next free-agency cycle.

No one should rule out the possibility of the Green Bay Packers placing the franchise tag on Adams. Let’s assume that’s what happens. Godwin and Williams are both solid options, and they’d probably provide more punch and explosion to the Eagles offense at this point of their careers than Cooper would provide at this juncture of his own.

Update: Keep a close eye on this one. Rumor has it that the Chargers may use the franchise tag on Williams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could franchise Godwin. Don’t be shocked if neither guy is available at the start of the new league year.