After going radio silent for 5 days following the dramatic loss to the Washington Redskins, Jerry Jones spoke on 105.3 the fan Friday morning. Jones claims he could not speak to the media before the trade went down because “[he] can’t keep a secret”. Subsequently, Jones explains the reasons he traded a first-round pick to Oakland for Amari Cooper.
Jones believes this Cowboys team is close to competing for the NFC East crown, and adding an elite talent at the receiver position can help every facet of the offense. Jones says that Amari Cooper helps Ezekiel Elliott just as much as Cooper helps Dak Prescott. Jones estimates defenses will have to respect Cooper’s speed and play-making ability so they will take men out of the box which opens up space for Zeke.
Jones responded to the notion that the staff’s “receiver by committee” approach was the plan going into off-season. The Joneses understand the value of a number one receiver and looked into adding depth at wide receiver but did not manage to find a cost-effective deal (hinting at the Sammy Watkins rumors). Amari Cooper is a young player with a high ceiling, and according to Jones, a great student of the game.
Whatever your opinion is of Jerry Jones, one thing is for certain: he deeply desires that his team wins, and he is willing to pay an enormous fee to ensure it does.