With Doug Free opting for retirement, and La’el Collins potentially sliding to right tackle in his place, re-upping with Cooper gives Dallas an intriguing option to replace free-agent departee Ronald Leary at left guard.
Expectations will have to be low given that he’s bounced around to several teams since failing to live up to expectations as a first-round selection of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013.
If there ever were a situation that could get the most out of his raw talent, though, perhaps it’s lining up alongside the perennial All-Pros on a league-best offensive line in Dallas.
Cooper’s most extensive action came during the 2015 season that preceded his trade from the Cardinals to the New England Patriots, where he started nine of his 14 appearances.
New England parted ways with him just weeks into the 2016 campaign, and the 27-year-old would go on to start three games for the Cleveland Browns following a waiver claim.
Cooper was inactive for the Cowboys’ lone playoff game after first landing with the club in January.
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