Mar 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA;  Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson talks with the media during a press conference at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson attends Browns’ program, Baker Mayfield does not

Offseason acquisitions Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper attended the Cleveland Browns’ first voluntary offseason program on Tuesday in Berea, Ohio.

Watson, in fact, was spotted in a heavy winter jacket trudging through the snow — yes, snow in mid-April — to attend the program.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, however, was not spotted at the team’s facility as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired labrum in his left non-throwing shoulder.

Mayfield recently said on the “Ya Neva Know” podcast that he felt “disrespected 100 percent” by the Browns after the team deposed him as starting quarterback in favor of Watson. Cleveland surrendered significant draft capital that included three first-round picks to acquire Watson in a trade with the Houston Texans on March 18.

The Browns since have signed backup quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Josh Dobbs, leaving Mayfield in limbo. The team is sure to part ways with him soon, but he’s not sure of the how or the where.

Cleveland picked up Mayfield’s fifth-year option for 2022 for $18.8 million. He was the top overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Last month, the Browns acquired Cooper and a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for fifth- and sixth-round selections.

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Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against San Francisco 49ers defensive back K'Waun Williams (24) in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Browns acquiring WR Amari Cooper from Cowboys

The Cleveland Browns are acquiring wide receiver Amari Cooper and a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fifth- and sixth-round selection, ESPN reported Saturday.

The trade can’t be official until Wednesday, the first day of the NFL league year. Cooper was due $20 million in fully guaranteed money on March 20.

The Browns are in need of a top-tier wide receiver after releasing Odell Beckham Jr. in November. Jarvis Landry led the team in catches (52), fellow wideout Donovan Peoples-Jones had a club-best 597 receiving yards while tight end David Njoku had four touchdown receptions.

Cooper, 27, caught 68 passes for 865 yards and a career high-tying eight touchdowns in 15 games last season with the Cowboys. His totals in receptions and receiving yards trailed team leader CeeDee Lamb (79, 1,102 yards), while Cooper’s touchdown total matched tight end Dalton Schultz for the club lead.

Fellow wideout Michael Gallup is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 16. His availability for the start of next season is in question after he tore his ACL on Jan. 2.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Cooper has 517 catches for 7,076 yards with 46 touchdowns in 108 career games with the then-Oakland Raiders and Cowboys. He was selected by the Raiders with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys acquired Cooper in October 2018, sending a first-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Raiders.

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Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team cornerback Danny Johnson (36) and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) in action during the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Trade interest rising for Cowboys WR Amari Cooper

Wide receiver Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys are working to resolve his roster status, but no action is expected until March 20.

That’s the date when Cooper’s $20 million in fully guaranteed money hits the Cowboys’ ledger.

Reports surfaced during the NFL Scouting Combine that Dallas was “likely” to release Cooper. But NFL Network reported Wednesday the Cowboys have received inquiries from multiple potential trade partners.

Trading for Cooper would allow a team to avoid waiting in a queue along with other bidders if he is released. No trade could be official until March 16, the first day of the NFL league year.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously called out Cooper for failing to produce on the level expected, given his salary on the heels of a $100 million contract extension.

Cooper, 27, caught 68 passes for 865 yards and a career high-tying eight touchdowns in 15 games last season. His totals in receptions and receiving yards trailed team leader CeeDee Lamb (79, 1,102 yards), while his touchdown total matched tight end Dalton Schultz for the club lead. The Cowboys used the franchise tag to retain Schultz on Monday.

Fellow wideout Michael Gallup is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 16. His availability for the start of next season is in question after he tore his ACL on Jan. 2. But the Cowboys are actively negotiating a long-term deal with Gallup, according to multiple reports.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Cooper has 517 catches for 7,076 yards with 46 touchdowns in 108 career games with the then-Oakland Raiders and Cowboys. He was selected by the Raiders with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys acquired Cooper in October 2018, sending a first-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Raiders.

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Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys ‘likely’ to release WR Amari Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys “likely” will release wide receiver Amari Cooper by the start of the new league year later this month, ESPN reported on Friday.

Cooper is due $20 million in fully guaranteed money on March 20, the fifth day of the new league year.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously called out Cooper for failing to produce on the level expected given his salary on the heels of a $100 million contract extension.

Cooper, 27, caught 68 passes for 865 yards and a career high-tying eight touchdowns in 15 games last season. His totals in receptions and receiving yards trailed team leader CeeDee Lamb (79, 1,102 yards), while his touchdown total matched tight end Dalton Schultz for the club lead.

Fellow wideout Michael Gallup is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 16. His availability for the start of next season is in question after he tore his ACL on Jan. 2.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Cooper has 517 catches for 7,076 yards with 46 touchdowns in 108 career games with the then-Oakland Raiders and Cowboys. He was selected by the Raiders with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys acquired Cooper in October 2018, sending a first-round pick in the 2019 draft.

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Dec 31, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys Trevon Diggs (L) and Amari Cooper (R) pose on the field after the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the 2021 Cotton Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL fines Cowboys WR Amari Cooper for violating protocol

The NFL fined Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper more than $14,000 on Thursday for violating the COVID-19 protocol as an unvaccinated player, ESPN reported.

Cooper was docked $14,650 for attending a Dallas Mavericks game on Jan. 5 without a mask.

Cooper, who missed two games in November after a positive test, is unvaccinated. He attended the NBA game with CeeDee Lamb, but Lamb is vaccinated and isn’t subject to the same rules as Cooper.

Specifically, this one: “A player who is not fully vaccinated is prohibited from attending a professional sporting event unless he is seated in a separated seating section, such as a suite or owner’s box, is wearing PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in that separate seating section.”

Cooper defended his actions during an interview last week on 105.3 The Fan.

“When I do go somewhere, I mean, I was pictured not wearing a mask, but that’s because I was eating and drinking. I don’t know how to do that with a mask on. So I just think there’s risk all across the board. I don’t feel like anybody is staying home, you know what I mean? Am I supposed to just sit in the house all day?” Cooper said.

“I don’t really understand how to be extra careful because just by us going to practice every day, being around each other, we have teammates on our team who have kids. They take their kids to school who are around hundreds of other kids, who are around their parents when they go home, so forth and so on,” Cooper went on. “So I don’t feel like we can be safe in the environment that we’re in. I feel like the only way we can be safe is if no one goes out and everybody is quarantining for an extended amount of time.”

Cooper, 27, caught 68 passes for 865 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games this season for the Cowboys, who host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC wild-card game Sunday.

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Oct 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) in action during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys WR Amari Cooper to return Thursday night

Dallas Cowboys wideout Amari Cooper will travel with the team to New Orleans on Wednesday and play against the Saints on Thursday night, ESPN reported.

Cooper, who is not vaccinated, missed the last two games — both losses — after testing positive for COVID-19 last month.

Earlier reports Tuesday suggested that Cooper was still experiencing symptoms and was in danger of missing a third game.

Cooper, 27, has 44 receptions for 583 yards and five touchdowns in nine games this season. In 50 games since joining Dallas in October 2018, he has 268 catches for 3,611 yards and 24 touchdowns.

The Cowboys (7-4) have been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that saw a 13th person enter protocols on Tuesday.

Head coach Mike McCarthy tested positive and will not make the trip to New Orleans, with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn serving as acting head coach against the Saints (5-6).

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Oct 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler (27) in action during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Symptomatic Amari Cooper could miss third game for Cowboys

Dallas wide receiver Amari Cooper still has symptoms from his bout with COVID-19 and could miss his third game as the Cowboys continue to deal with an outbreak that added a 13th person to protocols Tuesday.

Cornerback Nahshon Wright tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t play in Thursday night’s game at New Orleans. He becomes the sixth player in the COVID protocols, joining Cooper and right tackle Terence Steele as active-roster players on the list. A practice squad player and two others already on reserve lists are also in COVID protocols. Wright has played 72 percent of the team’s special teams snaps.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, who also tested positive and won’t be on the sidelines against the Saints, said Cooper was back in the building Tuesday but “still not feeling the best.”

“My gut would be if he doesn’t practice (Wednesday), I don’t see him going to the game,” McCarthy said.

However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan that “we’re fully expecting (Cooper) to be ready by game time.”

Cooper has 44 receptions for 583 yards and five touchdowns in nine games this season. In 50 games with the Cowboys, Cooper has 268 catches for 3,611 yards and 24 touchdowns. Cooper missed the past two games after testing positive for COVID-19. He is unvaccinated.

Jones also told the show that his team is now at 100 percent for players either vaccinated or “having gotten the COVID.”

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be acting head coach for McCarthy against the Saints while also running the defense from the sideline.

McCarthy said he was set to get his COVID booster shot this Friday before testing positive Monday.

Also, McCarthy said defensive lineman Trysten Hill is appealing his two-game suspension with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. The league suspended Hill two games Monday for throwing a punch at the end of the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

“If the appeal process gives him the opportunity to play Thursday, then I anticipate he will play in the game,” McCarthy said.

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Aug 21, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) on the field before the game against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper expects to face Eagles despite ‘cracked’ rib

Despite revealing he played last week with a cracked rib, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper was a full practice participant Friday and said he expects to play Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The four-time Pro Bowl wideout had been limited in practice a day earlier with what had been termed bruised ribs. While telling media members that he thinks the injured rib is cracked, he said Friday, “I’ll be ready to go” and called the pain “very manageable.”

Cooper, the team leader through two games with 16 receptions and two touchdown catches along with 163 yards, said he got injured during one of his two scoring plays in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished the season debut with 13 catches for 139 yards.

Cooper, who had a team-best 92 receptions for 1,114 yards last season along with five touchdown catches, has three 100-yard receiving games in his past five meetings with the NFC East rival Eagles.

Four other Cowboys sat out Friday’s workouts for the second consecutive day: tackle Ty Nsekhe (illness), defensive end Dorance Armstrong (ankle), defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (knee) and safety Donovan Wilson (groin).

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Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) runs with the ball after a catch in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys activate WR Amari Cooper off PUP list

The Dallas Cowboys activated Amari Cooper off the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday and the expectation is the Pro Bowl wide receiver will be ready for Week 1.

He’s eligible to practice for the first time in training camp. Cooper had ankle surgery in January.

Cooper, 27, said last week he was “real close” to being 100 percent.

Cooper had 92 receptions for 1,114 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games last season.

For his career, the four-time Pro Bowl selection has 449 catches for 6,211 yards and 38 touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders (2015-18) and Cowboys. The Raiders selected Cooper No. 4 overall in the 2015 draft and traded him to Dallas in October 2018 for first-round pick in 2019.

Cooper signed a five-year, $100 million extension with the Cowboys in March 2020.

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Sep 22, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) celebrates his fourth quarter sack against the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Demarcus Lawrence hits PUP list following back surgery

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said linebacker Demarcus Lawrence underwent back surgery during the offseason and will open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

It was the third back surgery of Lawrence’s career, but McCarthy said Thursday it was no reason for alarm bells.

“It’s more of a cleanup, so there’s no high concern,” McCarthy said. “He looks great. It’s probably more us than him as far as the timeline of him coming back.”

Lawrence is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he recorded 58 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for Dallas, all improvements over his 2019 numbers. In his seven-year NFL career spent entirely with the Cowboys, Lawrence has recorded 300 tackles, 93 quarterback hits, 45.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and one interception.

Lawrence signed a five-year extension in 2019 worth $105 million.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle surgery) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (back surgery) are also on the PUP list to open camp as the Cowboys began workouts Thursday in Oxnard, Calif.

–Field Level Media