The NFC West has, by all accounts, continued getting stronger this offseason. The Rams look primed to make another division title run, the Seahawks have begun to bolster their offensive line and have re-signed some key defensive players and the San Francisco 49ers are continuing to build upon the late season success they had in 2017.
The 49ers, in particular, are still trying to tinker with their offensive line in the hopes of keeping Jimmy Garoppolo healthy and giving new back Jerick McKinnon plenty of room to run.
Those efforts continued today with the team announcing they have signed former Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Jonathan Cooper.
To this point, Coop has yet to find a solid NFL home. The former North Carolina Tar Heel was the 7th overall pick by the Cards in 2013, but after breaking his leg in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, he never did follow through on the promise he had when he was drafted. He was later included in a package deal that brought Chandler Jones to the desert.
Since the Cardinals, Cooper has played for the Patriots, Browns, Cowboys and now the 49ers. San Francisco GM John Lynch stated that Cooper will in fact compete for a starting guard spot on their line.
Maybe the Bay Area can be a spot Cooper sticks for a while and begins to show signs of the promise that he had when coming out of college.