Cowboys: No deal imminent for WR Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys signed running back Ezekiel Elliott to a contract extension before Sunday's season opener. Wide receiver Amari Cooper is another story.

"There haven't been a lot of negotiations with Amari (Cooper), period," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. "And I'm not free to be able to share why. I think at some point we'll start that. I don't know what their parameters will be."

Unlike Elliott, Cooper was not holding out in search of a new deal. He's expected to play when the Cowboys meet the visiting New York Giants on Sunday.

The Morning News reported that Cooper is not necessarily waiting for Atlanta's Julio Jones to sign his expected extension and reset the wide receiver market, as many have speculated.

The Cowboys began training camp with their three biggest stars seeking contract extensions. Elliott held out before signing a six-year, $90-million deal on Wednesday. Cooper and quarterback Dak Prescott have been practicing and playing with the team throughout the preseason.

In July, Jones said he "for sure" expected the Cowboys to reach a long-term contract extension Pro Bowl receiver Cooper, who'll earn nearly $14 million during the final year of his rookie contract in 2019. He's set to hit free agency next offseason.

Cooper, 25, has said he wants to remain in Dallas but is willing to play out the season in an effort to prove that he is worthy of a top-dollar deal.

Dallas acquired Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last October in exchange for a first-round pick. Overall, he had 75 receptions for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

--Field Level Media