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Dallas Cowboys likely to part ways with receiver Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, shown Nov. 5, 2018, recorded 865 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this past season. File Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/f5bd794eac32788b0a3a6660dc2959ff/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, shown Nov. 5, 2018, recorded 865 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this past season. File Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI | License Photo

March 4 (UPI) -- The Dallas Cowboys are expected to move on from star wide receiver Amari Cooper by the start of the new league year.

League sources told ESPN, NFL Media and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday that Dallas will attempt to trade Cooper, but the team will release the four-time Pro Bowl wideout if no deal is found.

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Cooper is due $20 million in fully guaranteed money on the fifth day of the new league year, which begins March 16. The Cowboys structured Cooper's $100 million contract in a way that would allow the team to get out of the pact for a much smaller amount after two seasons.

If the Cowboys cut Cooper, he would count $6 million against the salary cap this year instead of $22 million. In essence, Cooper's deal would end up being a two-year, $40 million agreement.

For a team that is projected to be more than $21 million over the salary cap this year, the Cowboys are forced to make tough roster decisions. Dallas also has many unsigned key free agents such as defensive end Randy Gregory, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, tight end Dalton Schultz and safety Jayron Kearse.

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Cooper ended the 2021 season with 68 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns across 15 games. He recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.

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