Raiders Exercise Fifth-Year Option on WR Amari Cooper

Ruben Hill
April 24, 2018

The Oakland Raiders are expected to pick up the fifth-year option of wide receiver Amari Cooper, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported on Sunday.

Cooper will make approximately $14 million in 2019, which won't be out of line if new coach Jon Gruden makes him "the focal point" of the Raiders offense like Gruden said he will.

Cooper, the former Alabama wideout, has been one of the NFL's better receivers during his first few years in the league, although last year certainly was a down season-the worst of his short career. He had just 48 catches for 680 yards and seven touchdowns last season. He was also named the AFC Offensive Player of Week in Week 7 vs. Kansas City after recording 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches.

Cooper missed two games - on November 26 and December 10 - because of a concussion and ankle injury, and he appeared on the Raiders' injury report for 11 of the 16 games in 2017.

Cooper's salary for 2019 will be $13.924M, and the two sides have already begun discussions on a long-term contract. In addition to his Pro Bowl selection, he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team and set franchise rookie records for receptions and receiving yards. He finished his career as the Crimson Tide's all-time leader in receptions (228), receiving yards (3,463) and receiving touchdowns (31).

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