With high hopes Jonathan Cooper can finally live up to his potential, the Dallas Cowboys are signing the guard to a one-year deal, via Adam Schefter and Todd Archer of ESPN.
Jon Machota of the Dallas News later confirmed this report.
Dallas added Cooper to their roster last season to provide more depth for their dominant offensive line and will hope he can thrive in the trenches in 2017.
A seventh overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, Cooper struggled to find his way onto the field in his two seasons with the team. In 24 games, he made a total of 11 starts.
He was traded to the New England Patriots for Chandler Jones in 2016, but was cut before he could make an appearance. Cooper then made three starts for the Cleveland Browns, but was shown the door before the year ended.
He ended his 2016 campaign with the Cowboys, but his services weren’t needed behind an elite offensive line. Cooper will now have an opportunity to compete for a starting spot, as Dallas is currently looking for someone to replace Ronald Leary, who left the Cowboys in favor of the Denver Broncos earlier this offseason.
With that being said, there is a strong possibility La’el Collins will earn the starting spot at guard if he has a clean bill of health.
With Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin all earning First-Team All-Pro honors last season, Dallas’ offensive line will still be a force to be reckoned with this upcoming year regardless of who fills what void. However, the addition of Cooper will add more depth to an offense that should terrorize the league once again in 2017.