Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer
The 49ers added some much-needed help at guard on Tuesday, signing Jonathan Cooper to a one-year deal. Cooper is the former No. 7 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 draft. From a scheme standpoint, Cooper makes sense in coach Kyle Shanahan's outside zone scheme because of his athleticism. GM John Lynch on Cooper:
“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line,” Lynch said. “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.” Cooper will be expected to compete with the likes of Joshua Garnett, Laken Tomlinson and Erik Magnuson for two guard spots.