Cooper signed a three-year $16 million deal last year and was released by the Bears in mid-March after playing a minimal defensive role in 2017. The 28-year-old is likely to serve as a depth corner for Chicago in 2018 with the return of Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara.
Cooper was released by the Bears on Wednesday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports
Playing on the first year of a three-year deal, Cooper appeared in 12 games for the Bears during the 2017 campaign, accruing 18 tackles and three pass breakups along the way. However, he generally disappointed in his time with the Bears and ultimately finished the 2017 campaign in a reserve role, which is the most likely situation he'll find himself in ahead of the 2018 season.
Cooper recorded 18 tackles during the 2017 season.
Cooper signed with the Bears as a free agent and started the first two games of the season, but averaged fewer than five snaps over the last 10 games. He's signed for the next two years, and if the team loses Kyle Fuller in free agency, Cooper could regain a starting role and regain some value as an IDP.
Cooper (back) is inactive for Monday's game against the Vikings.
Cooper, who's dealing with back spasms, did a light workout in pregame warmups but was evidently deemed unfit to play. His absence should mean more playing time for Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan.
Cooper (back) did not practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota, Chicago Tribune writer Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Cooper's back spasms don't seem to be a major concern, but there's a real chance he'll be forced to sit out Monday's contest as a result. If that's the case, Kyle Fuller could see extended action.
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