Cooper signed a three-year deal with the Bears on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. The Bears have been aggressively rebuilding their secondary to this point in free agency, inking Prince Amukamara and Cooper. As a member of the Cardinals in 2016, Cooper racked up 69 tackles and four interceptions in 15 games. He figures to compete for a starting spot opposite Amukamara.
Cooper accounted for 69 tackles (63 solo), 11 passes defended, and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, in 15 games during the 2016 season. The Cardinals' presumptive No. 2 cornerback, Justin Bethel, entered training camp with an ailing foot and was unable to make inroads on the role. As the preseason unfolded, veteran Mike Jenkins (knee) and rookie Brandon Williams variously attempted to land the gig, but management eventually brought in Cooper via trade from the Chiefs as a last-ditch effort on Sept. 2. Cooper paid immediate dividends, as he tallied a pair of interceptions, including the touchdown return, in Week 2 during a demolition of the Buccaneers. Working opposite Patrick Peterson continued to pay dividends in terms of opportunity, and despite sitting out the penultimate game of the season due to a back injury, Cooper finished as Arizona's fourth-leading tackler. An unrestricted free agent come March, Cooper will likely garner interest on the open market, but for the right price he's a decent bet to land back in the desert.
Cooper (back) is active for Sunday's game at Los Angeles, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Working with a back injury in tow, Cooper was limited in each practice this week. Nevertheless, he'll return from a back injury and take on his typical role as the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.
Cooper (back) is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the Rams. Cooper was held out of last week's matchup with the Seahawks due to a back issue. However, he managed to participate in every practice session this week and appears in line to limit his absence to one game.
Head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that Cooper (back) has a chance to suit up Sunday at Los Angeles, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports. Held out of Saturday's win at Seattle with a back injury, Cooper's upcoming availability will receive some clarity, depending on the amount of practice he can fit in this week. If another absence is required, though, Brandon Williams is waiting in the wings for another start at cornerback.