Former Cardinals first-round pick Jonathan Cooper released by Patriots

Oct 8, 2016, 6:39 PM
Jonathan Cooper, G, 1st round (7th overall)
Early on Cooper appeared ready to take over at left gua...
Jonathan Cooper, G, 1st round (7th overall)
Early on Cooper appeared ready to take over at left guard and hold onto that spot for years to come, but a broken ankle suffered in the third preseason game of his rookie year ended that season, and from there he battled injury and inconsistency. He was the team's starting right guard to begin 2015, but lost that job and was eventually traded to New England in the deal that brought Chandler Jones to Arizona. He was later released by the Patriots and picked up by the Cleveland Browns, before they too released him. Cooper has since signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Career stats: 29 games (14 starts)
(14 starts)

Former No. 7 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Cooper was waived by the New England Patriots Saturday.

Along with a second-round pick, Cooper was the return for the Patriots when they dealt Chandler Jones to the Cardinals.

Cooper’s career in Arizona could never get going. Before the start of his rookie season, Cooper broke his left fibula in the third preseason game of the season. In the next two seasons, Cooper started just 11 games, and did not have a good 2015, ranked No. 50 at guard by Pro Football Focus.

The lone returns for New England from the deal now are fourth-round pick wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell and third-round selection guard Joe Thuney, who were acquired for the second-round pick. Mitchell has four catches for 75 yards in four games this season.

Jones, meanwhile, has started out the season with four sacks and 15 tackles, which are both on pace for career highs.

Dating back to Larry Fitzgerald in 2004, only six of the Cardinals’ last 13 first-round selections are still with the team. Cooper became the seventh to no longer be with the team and the 2013 selection is now the most recent since Dan Williams (2010). 2012 first-round selection Michael Floyd is a free agent after this season.

Life Changer Loans

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Marquis Hayes #OL19 of the Oklahoma runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Mar...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Marquis Hayes bringing old-school mentality to OL

Will Hernandez isn't the only Cardinals guard in his first year with the team to show off the utter desire to hit someone.
1 day ago
Josh Hokit #40 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after making a catch during the preseason game again...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals sign former 49ers fullback Josh Hokit as TE

Former 49ers fullback Josh Hokit signed with the Cardinals and will be listed as a tight end, the team announced Thursday.
1 day ago
(Twitter screenshot/@AZCardinals)...
Haboob Blog

Kliff Kingsbury flaunts film remote skills for Cardinals’ ‘Hard Knocks’ preview

The Cardinals are this year's in-season team Hard Knocks, which Kliff Kingsbury gave a preview of with his mastery of a film remote.
1 day ago
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson waves to fans during an NFL football practice in Berea,...
Associated Press

AP: Browns’ Deshaun Watson suspended 11 games, could return vs. Texans

Deshaun Watson has reached a settlement and will serve an 11-game suspension and pay a $5 million fine, per The Associated Press.
1 day ago
Josh Jones #79 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in training camp activities at State Farm Stad...
Tyler Drake

Back at tackle, Arizona Cardinals OL Josh Jones is making strides

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Josh Jones is back at the position where he belongs and it's showing this training camp.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals rookie TE Trey McBride looks on during training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Rookie Trey McBride set to make debut vs. Ravens

After dealing with a sore back, Arizona Cardinals rookie tight end Trey McBride is on track to play against the Ravens.
1 day ago
Former Cardinals first-round pick Jonathan Cooper released by Patriots