While NFL executives around the NFL thought the Cowboys would try to get a deal done with Cooper right away, Schefter says that the Cowboys felt that there was no need with his fifth-year option coming in 2019 and the franchise tag that’s available the following year.
However, sources tell Schefter that the two parties are expected to open extension talks after the season.
Ian Rapoport confirms the Cowboys’ interest in signing Cooper long-term and adds that Dallas is also hoping to get an extension in place for QB Dak Prescott.
According to Rapoport, Dallas wants to get both deals done next year and have the cap space to do so.
Cooper, 24, is a former No. 4 overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Raiders traded him to the Cowboys this past March for a first-round pick.
He is in the final year of his four-year, $22.7 million fully guaranteed rookie contract and is set to earn a base salary of $705,000 for 2018 to go along with a $2,825,426 roster bonus.
The Raiders picked up Cooper’s fifth-year option back in April, which will cost them $13,924,000 for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Cooper has appeared in 10 games for the Raiders and Cowboys and caught 44 passes for 629 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
Prescott, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2016. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $2.72 million contract and set to make base salaries of $630,000 and $720,000 over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2018, Prescott has appeared in 11 games for the Cowboys and completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 2,427 yards to go along with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 279 yards and five touchdowns.