Ron Rivera explains why the Redskins chased Amari Cooper “hard to the end”


The Washington Redskins are entering a new era with Ron Rivera at the helm, and there are still many gaps on the list to fill. While Washington has added several free agents who will have the opportunity to have an immediate impact, the Redskins have so far failed to make this sparkle that would make fans even more excited for the 2020 season.

The Redskins would have been after Dallas Cowboys cowboy Amari Cooper became famous before agreeing to a $ 100 million five-year contract extension with his current team. Washington was also after the former Atlanta Falcons narrow winger Austin Hooper, who became the highest paid tight end in the league thanks to the Cleveland Browns.

Rivera explained on Tuesday at a virtual press conference why pursuing this type of veteran veteran was at the top of his priority list, and specifically explained why he thought Cooper would have made a great addition to Washington.

“Amari was someone we chased hard to the end,” said Rivera, via The Team 980. “We would have liked to have him participate in what we are trying to do here. He would have been a great veteran presence. “

While the Redskins found a rough diamond in rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, they lost Jamison Crowder to free agency last season, published former first round pick Josh Doctson before the 2019 season and separate tracks with Paul Richardson just two months ago. They also saw Vernon Davis retire this offseason and cut Jordan Reed, so there really is no other threat from receiver # 2 to help McLaurin enter in 2020.

The Redskins still have the opportunity to take advantage of a talented draft class at Wideout, but with the way Rivera explained that he was looking for a veteran presence to help develop the youngest receivers on the list, one could expect the Redskins to explore their options via trade.


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