This afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers announced they signed free agent guard Jonathan Cooper to a one-year deal. Cooper, a 2013 first-round draft choice, has made 27 career starts in four seasons.
"Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line," said General Manager John Lynch. "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."
Over the past four seasons, Cooper appeared in 42 regular season games and made 27 starts. He's spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots (2016), Cleveland Browns (2016) and Dallas Cowboys (2017).
Cooper inked a four-year, $14.55 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. He broke his left fibula in his third preseason game. He played off and on for Arizona during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, though he suffered injuries in both seasons.
Arizona traded Cooper to the New England Patriots on March 15, 2016. However, Cooper suffered a foot injury during training camp. New England released him on October 8, 2016.
The Cleveland Browns claimed Cooper off waivers and finally made a start for the team during week 14. Late in the season, the Browns waived Cooper to make room for another guard.
Cooper spent the last season with the Dallas Cowboys, starting 13 of 16 games at left guard for the team.
He attended the University of North Carolina, where he started a school-record 48 games throughout his collegiate career.