5 high-profile cap casualties the NY Jets can target this offseason

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1. NY Jets target: Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Perhaps even more volatile of a situation than DeMarcus Lawrence is the one Amari Cooper currently finds himself in. The Cowboys' $100 million man has fallen short of the unprecedented expectations set by his hefty contract.

But don't take my word for it, take it straight from the mouth of team owner Jerry Jones who expressed his frustration with Cooper's lack of dominance shortly after the season concluded.

This, of course, has led to speculation that Cooper could be on the move this offseason. And given the size of his cap hit and the potential savings from such a move, it certainly makes sense.

Cooper is obviously still a very good wide receiver. He's recorded over 1,000 in all but two of his seven NFL seasons, one of which was this past season when he finished second on the team with 865 yards.

With players like CeeDee Lamb and Dalton Schultz taking on greater roles in the Cowboys' offense, Cooper doesn't feel like a necessary piece, especially at $22 million per year.

The Cowboys could look to trade the 27-year-old Cooper who undoubtedly still has plenty of value. While an outright release would be surprising, the Jets could still target Cooper in search of a true No. 1 wide receiver.

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Is Amari Cooper that? That's a question the Jets would have to answer. But there's no doubt a trio of Cooper, Corey Davis, and Elijah Moore is very intriguing going into 2022.

Expect the Jets to at least explore Cooper's market if he becomes available.