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Patriots cut Jonathan Cooper

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 26:  Trey Flowers #98 of the New England Patriots and Jonathan Cooper #65 of the New England Patriots uring their game at Bank of America Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Getty Images

In a surprise Saturday roster move, the Patriots have released the player they acquired in this year’s Chandler Jones trade.

New England cut guard Jonathan Cooper today, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The seventh overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Cooper was viewed as one of the best guard prospects ever to enter the draft. But he never panned out in Arizona and has now washed out in New England as well. Cooper never got on the field in the Patriots’ first four games this season.

Cooper will still have opportunities to catch on elsewhere, but he’s been a major disappointment in the three and a half years since he was drafted.

Although Cooper was the player the Patriots received in the Jones trade, the primary reason they made the trade was to acquire the Cardinals’ second-round draft pick, which they then traded to draft two players, guard Joe Thuney and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

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  1. shadywarrior says: Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM

    Got two good young guys out of the deal, rid themselves of a good young guy who they would have let walk after this year anyway. Was hoping Cooper would work out too, but whatever, if you can’t get on the field, what are you doing here? Pats train keeps rolling.

  2. dcpatfan says: Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM

    Wow! Malcolm Mitchell AND Joe Thuney??!!!!!

    The Greatest Coach Of All Time Bill Belichick is truly A Genius!!!

    #howmanysacksforchandler?

  3. willycents says: Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM

    He might as well hang’em up. If Belicheck can’t make a football player out of you, you are a lost cause. He knows how to get rid of worthless players before they hurt the team.

    See Tyrel Pryor as an example.

  4. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM

    Cheats again get robbed in a trade. Team is full of holes. Haven’t drafted a player worth a lick in the last five years. Ahahaha.

    7-9

  5. ravensbob says: Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM

    Baltimore

  6. greenlargo says: Oct 8, 2016 1:31 PM

    it would have been nice extra gravy had Cooper rise to his potential. But they still came it well in the trade. Solved a salary cap issue while getting Thuney and Mitchell is a good final result.

  7. BobbyHanks63 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    There goes Jonathan ‘Pooper’ Cooper first round waste of time.

  8. dolphins4 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    I’d love to see the Eagles sign him. They have a great offensive line coach that could bring out the best in this guy.

  9. chippys lost binky says: Oct 8, 2016 1:35 PM

    Clearing a roster spot. They jettisoned the spare tire from the Jones trade that hasn’t been on the field for a single snap this season. They already had roster spots free for Brady and Ninkovich. Maybe looking to activate Anthony Johnson and/or Woodrow Hamilton to help out on run D?

  10. tylawspick6 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:36 PM

    he can’t stay healthy, but pats still won that trade by a longshot

    thuney, mitchell and fa signing chris long with money saved on chandler jones

    genius gm work

    enjoy chandler jones at 15 mil per next year arizona..or is it a rental for no reason?

    it is really classic bb. he wanted to improve a position, so he doubled down on it at guard and won again.

  11. margoadams says: Oct 8, 2016 1:38 PM

    Wish Cooper well but when B.B. & Dante can’t help you its time to move on.

  12. shadywarrior says: Oct 8, 2016 1:40 PM

    Also, I like Jones as a pass rusher, but ask Cardinals fans, they’re starting to see you can run right at him for good yardage and neutralize him.

  13. boston444 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:43 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM
    Cheats again get robbed in a trade. Team is full of holes. Haven’t drafted a player worth a lick in the last five years. Ahahaha.

    7-9
    ——————————————
    So the 2015 pro bowler Chandler Jones, 2014 first team all-pro linebacker Dont’a Hightower, 2015 Pro bowler and second team all-pro linebacker Jamie Collins aren’t worth a lick? Also Logan Ryan was the 11th overall rated CB last season according to Pro Football Focus. Seems like you don’t know what you’re talking about bud.

  14. maust1013 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:43 PM

    willycents says:
    Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM
    He might as well hang’em up. If Belicheck can’t make a football player out of you, you are a lost cause. He knows how to get rid of worthless players before they hurt the team.

    See Tyrel Pryor as an example.
    ======================

    Did you by any chance mean Terrelle Pryor? A project guy that was never on NE’s roster who was recovering from an injury that they brought in for a look at a position of immediate need?
    That Terrelle Pryor?

  15. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 8, 2016 1:51 PM

    Vikings need to sign him. Every week they lose a lineman. Sure this guy isn’t a great lineman but he’s got experience.

  16. rogerpredactor says: Oct 8, 2016 1:53 PM

    Alot of Pats Cool-Aid drinkers in the house tonight.

    As it sits right now you cannot say that this trade has not worked out better for the CArds. Every team is in search of pass rush. Chandler Jones is pure pass rush…that is a rare commodity in the NFL and you do not give that up for any reason. (unless it is Greg Hardy).

    I’m sure that the two young rookies will eventually turn out for the Pats and even this trade up, but you can’t say that has happened yet.
    Belicheck does not walk on water so let’s stop pretending that everything he does works out.
    There is probably more to the story as to why Jones was shipped out of NE..?

    As for the Eagles fan that wants Cooper…C’Mon.
    The guy has washed out on two well coached teams right now…sometimes a bust is just a bust.

  17. patfanken says: Oct 8, 2016 1:55 PM

    This is a bit of a surprise, since his salary is guaranteed. What a shame to have such potential and not come close to fulfilling it.

    I guess the Pats just got tired of waiting for him to get back on the field, and if Dante doesn’t want you any more, it is not a good sign for his future. Good thing the draft pick they got turned into 2 starters on offense, otherwise this trade could gone bad.

    Was it just good luck, or was smart thinking? Now that Cooper is gone, You have to wonder. Chandler is doing well in AZ, but so are Tuney and Mitchell. Plus the Pats are going to need a lot of cap space in 2017 (they have over $62MM for next year and they’ll need every penny)

    Too bad, you can’t win them all….even if you are the Pats.

  18. vusnu says: Oct 8, 2016 1:58 PM

    Cooper was an eye opener when he was drafted by the Cards, and time proved the initial reaction by many to be correct.

  19. chippys lost binky says: Oct 8, 2016 2:02 PM

    dolphins4 says:
    Oct 8, 2016 1:34 PM
    I’d love to see the Eagles sign him. They have a great offensive line coach that could bring out the best in this guy.
    ++++++++++++++

    If Dante Scarnecchia couldn’t get production out of him it’s hard to imagine it is a matter of coaching

  20. tacowrecker says: Oct 8, 2016 2:02 PM

    Such a shame, ‘cuz he’s got a lot of physical talent and is a good guy, by all accounts. But, can’t stay healthy and seems to lack the necessary temperament to play OL in the pros. Not mean and nasty enough. No fire.

  21. tylawspick6 says: Oct 8, 2016 2:03 PM

    when the greatest ol coach in nfl history can’t kick you into gear, you know your career is over.

  22. 6ball says: Oct 8, 2016 2:18 PM

    .
    Hasn’t been on the field since the third day of training camp. Meanwhile the Patriots have excess depth at guard and need a roster spot to activate Brady. Cooper was the odd man out.
    .

  23. whooligun says: Oct 8, 2016 2:19 PM

    Detroit. Add him to their pile of disappointing O-linemen and hope he sticks.

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 8, 2016 2:31 PM

    “Seems like you don’t know what you’re talking about bud.”

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, most of the Pats haters have just enough football knowledge to cover the head of a pin.

  25. beefsbrother says: Oct 8, 2016 2:33 PM

    Obviously the Pats would have liked for him to work out, but it is true that they did draft a potential franchise G in Thuney and a dependable receiver in Mitchell, all for a guy they were not going to re-sign. Good trades are meant to benefit both teams, and this one did.

  26. jchipwood says: Oct 8, 2016 2:37 PM

    I knew they should of drafted a gaurd 1st round this past year. I can’t even remember who they drafted 1st pick.

  27. chippys lost binky says: Oct 8, 2016 2:42 PM

    Pats website is already showing Brady & Ninkovich on the 53 man roster, this move is for DL or RB help.

  28. skunkb3ar says: Oct 8, 2016 2:44 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Oct 8, 2016 2:37 PM
    I knew they should of drafted a gaurd 1st round this past year. I can’t even remember who they drafted 1st pick.
    —————————————————————–

    What makes your snarky attempt even more hilarious and ironic?

    They drafted a guard in the 3rd round (Thuney) who is playing to the level or above the level of most first round guards thus far. LOL

  29. theringisthething says: Oct 8, 2016 2:44 PM

    Team is full of holes. Haven’t drafted a player worth a lick in the last five years.

    They just keep winning and you just keep on whining. Thank you for your contribution.

  30. jchipwood says: Oct 8, 2016 2:51 PM

    If your an offensive lineman and you know the other teams play calls, through cheating obviously, and still can’t get it done he must be terrible.

  31. idiedpretty says: Oct 8, 2016 2:52 PM

    The Cards really shagged Belichick with this trade.

  32. chippys lost binky says: Oct 8, 2016 3:14 PM

    Oh chipster you kidder you, even you know the Pats 1st round pick was stolen from them. Not that it would have mattered at the guard position if they had one, they got a starting guard out of the 3rd round. Besides everyone knows the only o-linemen worth a first round pick were taken by Baltimore, TN, Detroit and Indy in spots well before the Pats would have picked. Garnett and Ifedi were really 2nd round guys taken a little high based on need by SF & Seattle. There was another guy that was being talked about before the draft but the idiot was seen in a gas mask bong vid, only a loser organization would use a 1st rounder on a guy that dumb.

  33. whywerule says: Oct 8, 2016 3:18 PM

    skunkb3ar says:
    Oct 8, 2016 2:44 PM

    They drafted a guard in the 3rd round (Thuney) who is playing to the level or above the level of most first round guards thus far. LOL…

    That would include some guy named Laremy Tunsil who I believe is trying to play Guard for the 1-3 Dolphins at this time, although he was drafted in the first round to play Tackle.

  34. jag1959 says: Oct 8, 2016 3:33 PM

    idiedpretty says:
    Oct 8, 2016 2:52 PM
    The Cards really shagged Belichick with this trade.
    _____________

    The return ended up being a starting guard and a #3 WR at short money for the next 4 years and $8M in cap relief this year (Hogan & Long combined) at the expense of a pass rusher they couldn’t afford to keep past this year. A fan of most any team could only wish someone would lay that kind of loving on their GM. Although I know in my heart Jerry Reese would only mess it up.

  35. zakkwyldeslespaul says: Oct 8, 2016 3:35 PM

    Yeah, maybe you guys can improve on that 1 championship in the last 11 years stat.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2016 3:35 PM

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, most of the Pats haters have just enough football knowledge to cover the head of a pin.

    15 4 That maybe true but that,pin still has room for all your knowledge with an acre to spare. At the time of the trade Cooper was viewed by you fanboys as the second coming of John Hannah….oh wait you bandwagoners don’t know who Hannah was.

  37. mrwalterisgod says: Oct 8, 2016 3:41 PM

    People think Chandler Jones is killing it in AZ. He’s a total liability against the run, much like the other 10 defenders in the AZ defense.

  38. parilli15 says: Oct 8, 2016 4:00 PM

    One championship in the last 11 years is pretty good considering there are 32 teams in the NFL. That means at least 21 teams have zero championships in the last 11 years. (And four champiobships in the last 15 years is downright awesome!)

  39. plum54 says: Oct 8, 2016 4:14 PM

    The Pats have been to SIX Super Bowls, winning FOUR, since TB12 took over 15 years ago.That is a stat any fan would want.

  40. youknowiknowitall says: Oct 8, 2016 4:23 PM

    There is no denying that CJones has had his moments. When it’s good, it’s good. But he’s a one-trick pony and he WILL disappear sooner or later (with the smart money on sooner).

  41. 6ball says: Oct 8, 2016 4:34 PM

    .
    @droolingfool

    ” . At the time of the trade Cooper was viewed by you fanboys as the second coming of John Hannah”
    _______

    At the time of the trade, Cooper was a roster name to most Patriots fans. The overwhelming majority had never seen the guy play even one down. No one could have possibly compared him to a Hall of Famer. So, as usual, your attempt to elevate the Steelers by posting lies about the Patriots ends in you being exposed as a troll with nothing of value to say.
    .

  42. sindiegosage says: Oct 8, 2016 4:42 PM

    It’s time for the Cardinals to pick him up again since Evan Mathis has been placed on IR.

  43. 6250claimer says: Oct 8, 2016 4:42 PM

    Niners should sign him. Heck, Baalke’s probably already got him on the blower. “You’re injured? Great! I love signing injured players!” He’ll stand on the sidelines holding a Big Gulp and a sandwich, watching the Niners run the table for a 1-15 season, then get released in the spring, along with Krap. Don’t laugh kids, this exact scenario is likely, given Baalke’s track record.

  44. captainwhodat says: Oct 8, 2016 4:59 PM

    looks like a Grigson draft choice…probably will pick him up if he can…

  45. commitment2excrement says: Oct 8, 2016 5:01 PM

    Can’t be a good sign when your trade deal includes a draft pick, and your new team in turn. Uses that draft pick to draft a guard.

  46. maust1013 says: Oct 8, 2016 5:23 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 8, 2016 3:35 PM
    At the time of the trade Cooper was viewed by you fanboys as the second coming of John Hannah….oh wait you bandwagoners don’t know who Hannah was.
    =======================

    498 comments on the major articles regarding the trade here at PFT, 13 talked up Cooper as having potential. None mentioned him as being a significant player never mind comparing him to one of the greatest O-lineman to ever play the game. With your track record you’ll have to forgive us for not taking your creative statements as gospel and actually looking to see if even one of our worst fanboys was that dumb. Not even one of the many fake Pats fans went there. Plenty of comments about how Cooper was a throw in, the draft pick, contract situation and cap space though.

  47. kissbillsrings says: Oct 8, 2016 5:30 PM

    Thuney & Mitchell to play THIS YEAR (as opposed to MAYBE getting a 3rd round comp pick for 2018… providing CJ didn’t sustain a career ending injury) as well as landing Chris Long & saving a bunch of cap space is a TOTAL WIN for the Patriot…..ALSO, if Chris Long doesn’t re sign with the Pats next year we will probably get a 3/4 round comp pick for him!!!
    So yeah…. I’m more than happy with the deal!!!

  48. ranlgon says: Oct 8, 2016 5:31 PM

    It’s a trade that works out for both teams. Jones is a talented pass rusher that the Pats couldn’t afford to keep. Pats picked up an adequate replacement in Chris Long. With the draft pick from the trade, they drafted Thuney at LG which looks to finally lock down that position that has been in flux since Logan Makins was traded away. They also picked up Mitchell but he will have a tough time getting enough catches in this offense. The OL play last year was unacceptable by Patriots standards. It’s telling that Cooper couldn’t out play Karras a 6th round draft pick in 2016 for a backup spot.

    Jones is a force in the early months but he is just avg in December and the playoffs. It’s alot of money to pay a player who has made little impact in the playoffs the last 4 years.

  49. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2016 5:37 PM

    At the time of the trade, Cooper was a roster name to most Patriots fans. The overwhelming majority had never seen the guy play even one down. No one could have possibly compared him to a Hall of Famer. So, as usual, your attempt to elevate the Steelers by posting lies about the Patriots ends in you being exposed as a troll with nothing of value to say.
    .

    My comments had nothing to do with elevating the Steelers and everything to do about you ladies changing your mind when BB changes his. Not too many original thinkers in the fan base but lots of sheep. In those 498 comments, which I am sure you have read in depth, there are plenty of comments glorifying the genius of Belicheat and Praising the talent of Cooper. Yes some could compare him , but only a sheepie fanboy. Lie, deflect, deny and distort the truth….the Patriot way.

  50. kissbillsrings says: Oct 8, 2016 5:52 PM

    I find it pretty funny that so many fans of other teams rush to Patriots articles to thump their chests…HILARIOUS ACTUALLY!!
    That you all feel that we,as Patriot fans, even care just puts a HUGE SMILE on my face….
    If I only had a PENNY for all the space the Patriots rent in your minds I’d be a billionaire !!! Lol
    Enjoy your franchises failures & I’ll enjoy our franchises ongoing success!!
    Cheers!!!

  51. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Oct 8, 2016 6:11 PM

    No more tread left on those Cooper Tires

  52. cakesw says: Oct 8, 2016 6:18 PM

    ProFoorball Focus backs it up….Chandler Jones is one of the best DLman in the league this year and has NOT been a liability against the run.

    He is having his beat season by far…The Cardinal defense made alot of mistakes the first few weeks…..but Chandler has played very well.

    He dominated Thursday night.

  53. smokehouse56 says: Oct 8, 2016 6:21 PM

    Board is filled with NE Kool Aid Drinkers and Bandwagon sitters.

  54. steeelfann0155 says: Oct 8, 2016 6:59 PM

    The media, sports or otherwise, when they
    be factual instead of sensationalizing? One of Best guard prospects, EVER????? Really, ever??? Why? So silly.

  55. descendency says: Oct 8, 2016 7:04 PM

    Can’t stay healthy.

    Wasn’t even the best guard prospect in the draft class. Chance Warmack was obviously better.

  56. rohinaz says: Oct 8, 2016 7:39 PM

    So far c Jones has 4x as many sacks and close to 3x as many tackles as Chris long, they are not even close to the equivalent player. The attention c Jones gets has also allowed card lb Markus golden to lead the NFL in sacks with 6. Pats did make a mistake trading for cooper, proven by cutting him. They could have asked for other players of draft picks from the cards.

  57. favreisadouche says: Oct 8, 2016 7:46 PM

    Beluchik the GM is a clown. Beluchik the coach is a cheat

  58. eramming says: Oct 8, 2016 7:53 PM

    Chance warmack! Lol Cooper was the best guard in that draft easily. When he was with the cards his rookie season he was the BEST offensive lineman they had. Fast,athletic,powerful pass blocker and excellent run blocker. He had a NASTY leg break in the 3rd preseason game and was never the same after that. Not even close. Sad story for a guy who had so much promise as a rookie. It was a dirty low blindside hit by a packers player.

  59. davew128 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:07 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Oct 8, 2016 2:51 PM
    If your an offensive lineman and you know the other teams play calls, through cheating obviously, and still can’t get it done he must be terrible.
    *******************
    So….you’re suggesting the Patriots have tapped the headset communications of opposing teams defenses?

  60. maust1013 says: Oct 8, 2016 8:15 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 8, 2016 5:37 PM
    In those 498 comments, which I am sure you have read in depth, there are plenty of comments glorifying the genius of Belicheat and Praising the talent of Cooper. Yes some could compare him , but only a sheepie fanboy.
    =====================

    If you are going to talk the talk then walk the walk. Find and post one praising the talent of Cooper along with the name of the article. You can’t unless you make it up…again

  61. youknowiknowitall says: Oct 8, 2016 8:25 PM

    rohinaz says:
    Oct 8, 2016 7:39 PM

    Pats did make a mistake trading for cooper, proven by cutting him. They could have asked for other players of draft picks from the cards.

    —————

    Wont disagree with the first part of your post, but …

    NE didn’t trade for Cooper. They traded for the draft pick(s). Nobody would trade FOR Cooper. Cooper was a throw in. And, yes, NE likely asked for more since that is how every trade ever made works – you ask for more and settle for less.

  62. touchdownelvis says: Oct 8, 2016 8:37 PM

    Can’t make the club from the tub.

  63. accipiterq says: Oct 8, 2016 9:03 PM

    I’m a Pats fan, but I have to say BB makes some dumb trades. Let Seymour go 3 years too early. Traded our best defender (sorry, it’s not hightower) so we could resign our 3rd best….gets nothing in either deal of any value. One of the most frustrating parts of his legacy to me, and maybe the only frustrating part, is wondering how many championships he left on the table by making dumb trades.

  64. maust1013 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:08 PM

    rohinaz says:
    Oct 8, 2016 7:39 PM
    Pats did make a mistake trading for cooper, proven by cutting him. They could have asked for other players of draft picks from the cards.
    =====================

    Trading Cooper was the Cards dumping his guaranteed money, part of the cost of doing business for that 2nd rounder. Arizona needed the cap room

  65. WonInTheTrenches says: Oct 8, 2016 9:11 PM

    Hey Seattle, here’s another lineman cast off by Arizona that could come in and start for you.

    He’d look great next to Bradley Sowell.

  66. aljack88 says: Oct 8, 2016 9:14 PM

    “..If your an offensive lineman and you know the other teams play calls, through cheating obviously, and still can’t get it done he must be terrible…”
    =================================
    Chippy further proves you write what you eat.

  67. iamapatsfan says: Oct 8, 2016 9:28 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Oct 8, 2016 1:28 PM
    Cheats again get robbed in a trade. Team is full of holes. Haven’t drafted a player worth a lick in the last five years. Ahahaha.

    7-9

    —-

    How’s the Christian College for Religious Studies working out for you?

    Based on your comments, I’d call you a shoe in for valedictorian!

  68. factpurveyor says: Oct 8, 2016 10:07 PM

    Morons second guess specific trades.
    Its easy for the morons to play Monday morning coach and second guess every personnel decision that doesn’t work out. Much easier to think of yourself as a genius when you have already seen the results after the fact.

    The simple truth is that the Pats coach is smart. He plays a numbers game. He got to test out a player that was a 1st round pick at one time. It didn’t cost much to do it. It didn’t work out but in the grand scheme of things other decisions have worked out. So its a numbers game where the majority of the decisions are correct. Plus as others have stated there were other benefits for the Pats from the trade.

  69. carloswlassiter says: Oct 8, 2016 10:31 PM

    Pats cut bait on Copper and Dominique Easly under similar circumstances.

    Must be more to both than meets the eye –

  70. rohinaz says: Oct 9, 2016 12:25 AM

    As I cards fan I think the cards won this trade, at least in the short term. Cards needed a pass rusher and Jones has not dissapointed. Cards were going to try cooper out a center before trading him because he couldn’t beat out journeyman Ted Larsen for the job. So cards also got rid of his 1st round salary. Time will tell how on the 2nplayers the pats got from the 2nd round pick. Pats have gotten 2 qbs injured in 4 games buthat not sure if that is directly to related to the online. Bill is the best coach in our genration, maybe ever, but that doesn’t mean he doest make mistakes or come out on the losing end of a trade from time to time.

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