Raiders sign free agent guard Jonathan Cooper

Cooper, former No. 1 pick of Cardinals, has played five seasons in NFL

by Tom LaMarre

The Oakland Raiders announced that they have signed free agent guard Jonathan Cooper, a five-year NFL veteran.

The Raiders will be short-handed at guard with Richie Incognito, who is expected to be a starter, suspended for the first two games of the 2019 season because of two incidents while he was out of football last season.

The 6-2, 308-pound Cooper has played for the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals, in addition to spending the 2018 offseason with the San Francisco 49ers. He also spent time with the New England Patriots in 2016, but did not appear in a game.

Last season, Cooper started all four games he appeared in for the Redskins. In his career, he has played in 46 games, with 31 starts.

A native of Wilmington, N.C., Cooper was selected by the Cardinals in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2013 NFL out of North Carolina, where he started a school-record 48 games for North Carolina at left guard.

Cooper was an All-American selection as a senior and made the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team three times. He also received the 2012 Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best lineman in the ACC.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders waived wide receiver Montay Crockett.

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