The 49ers just announced they’ve signed guard Jonathan Cooper to a one-year deal.
Here’s a statement from GM John Lynch: “Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team.”
Cooper, 28, was the seventh pick in the 2013 draft. He broke his fibula during an exhibition game his rookie season and missed the entire year. He never seemed to recover from this injury. He started only 11 games in two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before they traded him and a second-round draft pick to the New England Patriots for outside linebacker Chandler Jones.
Cooper never played a game for the Patriots — they cut him four weeks into the 2016 season. Then, the Browns signed him, made him a starter for three games and cut him before the end of the season.
Last season, Cooper signed with the Cowboys. He was inactive for the first three weeks of the season, then became the starting left guard and kept the job the remainder of the season. But, he sprained his MCL during the final game of the season, and had knee surgery in January. The Cowboys made no attempt to re-sign Cooper this offseason, even though they don’t have a replacement for him.
Cooper probably will make the 49ers 53-man roster. But if he’s a starter, the 49ers will have serious issues on the offensive line. Cooper is not a starting-caliber player.