FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have worked out former first-round pick, guard Jonathan Cooper, according to multiple sources, and are discussing whether to add him to the active roster.
Cooper, who was the seventh overall pick in 2013 by the Arizona Cardinals, was released last week by the Cleveland Browns. He started three of the five games he played for the Browns after he was released by the New England Patriots in October. Arizona traded Cooper and a second-round pick to the Patriots for defensive end Chandler Jones in the offseason.
Cooper, 6-foot-2, 310 pounds, has started 14 of his 29 career games.
Where he would fit in the Cowboys’ plans for the playoff run would be a mystery. The Cowboys are looking to recall La'el Collins from injured reserve in hopes of having him available for the postseason. Collins, who started the first three games, has missed the last 13 games because of surgery to his right big toe.
As much as anything, the possible addition of Cooper could be about the 2017 regular season. Ronald Leary, who replaced Collins and has played extremely well, is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. With the Cowboys hoping to sign Zack Martin to a long-term deal this summer, they would not have enough room in the budget for Leary, who could command a big deal from another team.
Cooper could provide insurance for the Cowboys in 2017 behind Collins and Martin, just as Leary did this season.
Like all playoff teams, the Cowboys are allowed four roster moves, not including potential call-ups from their practice squad, during the postseason. If Cooper signs, then he would take up one of those moves.