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Arizona Cardinals acquire CB Marcus Cooper from Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond (85) prevents an interception by cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) during NFL football training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The Arizona Cardinals traded a conditional 2018 draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs and filled a need on Friday by acquiring Marcus Cooper, who joins a depleted cornerback depth chart.

The 6-foot-2, 192 pound Cooper was a seventh-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. After being waived following training camp, he joined the Chiefs and spent the last three years in Kansas City, where he played in 39 games with 11 starts.

The 26-year-old, who played at Rutgers, was most productive in his rookie season when he recorded 44 tackles with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 16 games.

He recorded 21 tackles in 13 appearances the next season and last year was sparingly used, appearing in 10 games but finishing with just two tackles.

Cooper joins a cornerback room led by Patrick Peterson. But the Cardinals have been seeking added depth as rookie Brandon Williams and veteran Justin Bethel have battled out the starting job opposite the Pro Bowler.

Arizona lost cornerback Mike Jenkins to a torn ACL this preseason and reached an injury settlement with fellow veteran offseason signee Alan Ball.


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