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Browns WR Amari Cooper breaks silence on Cowboys trade

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The Cleveland Browns made two potentially franchise-changing trades over an eight-day period in mid-March. On Wednesday, one of the two players who took over spoke for the first time since joining the franchise.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper conducted his first press conference on April 20, the day after the Browns opened voluntary offseason practice. He spoke at length about the Dallas Cowboys’ move to Cleveland after the trade closed on March 12.

“I wouldn’t say I wanted to go. But at the same time, it’s never personal. It’s just business and that’s part of being in this league,” Cooper told reporters. “Things like this happen all the time – players get cut, players get traded.”

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In Cooper’s case, he was traded for the Browns’ fifth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, as well as an exchange of six-round picks between Cleveland and Dallas.

It now appears the Browns nearly stole the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, especially given the massive draft packages the Las Vegas Raiders gave up for Davante Adams and the Miami Dolphins for Tyreek Hill, respectively.

Cooper’s outlook on his trade was one of maturity and perspective, perhaps helped by the fact that he’s also been traded before – from the Raiders to the Cowboys midseason in 2018 in exchange for a first-round pick.

Aside from his own business, Cooper was addressing the Browns’ acquisition of former Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson — a deal that was completed on March 20, just eight days after Cooper was informed he was going to Cleveland.

“I was blown away,” Cooper told the media on Wednesday. “It was cool. I was happy about it.”

The Watson acquisition means Baker Mayfield is likely on his way out of Cleveland. Currently, the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks are the likeliest trading partners for Mayfield, with the Pittsburgh Steelers interested in signing the spurned signal caller should the Browns decide to release him outright.

Cooper didn’t speak about the drama under the middle in Cleveland, instead opting to focus his comments on a new future with Watson.

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