Patriots won’t pick up Jonathan Cooper’s option

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The Patriots didn’t make a first-round pick in 2013, but they did have a decision to make about a 2017 option for a player who did go on the first day of the draft that year.

New England acquired guard Jonathan Cooper in a trade with the Cardinals this offseason that sent defensive end Chandler Jones to the desert, leaving them with the chance to secure the rights to Cooper beyond this season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team is passing on that chance, which sets Cooper up for free agency after the 2016 campaign.

Cooper missed his entire rookie season with a broken leg and made 11 starts over the last two seasons for Arizona while playing in 24 games. That’s not the kind of track record that leads teams to pick up $11.9 million options that are guaranteed against injury only.

There were five offensive linemen selected in the first 10 picks of the 2013 draft. Cooper, Jaguars tackle Luke Joeckel and Titans guard Chance Warmack have all had their options declined while tackle Lane Johnson signed an extension with the Eagles, making Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher the only member of that group to have his option exercised.

67 responses to “Patriots won’t pick up Jonathan Cooper’s option

  1. Damn and I remember that draft with all the experts proclaiming Cooper, Joeckel and Warmack were can’t miss prospects. Fisher and Johnson were the potential reaches. Goes to show you never can tell…..

  2. Fisher is easily the best of that group. And don’t say something stupid like Lane Johnson. He doesn’t even play LT. That’s a bust in my book for someone picked that high.

  3. To further show how much the Cards won that trade they pick up via free agency Evan Mathis to replace Cooper. That’s a resounding win.

  4. Cooper will be lucky if he makes it through half a season in the AFCE. Cardinals were golden in this trade. NE will not out up with this guys excuses for more then MAYBE two games.

  5. The last time the DollFins won a playoff game Ryan Tannehill was still playing little league baseball.

    A tradition of failure like no other

  6. evilhoodyshoody says:
    May 2, 2016 6:39 PM

    Cards get Jones for 1 year. Pats get Cooper for 1 year plus got a 2nd rounder in that trade

    figured some needed a reminder on some of the deets

    Except you forgot two things

    1. They can sign him to an extension, and are likely to barring significant injury.

    2. If they cannot work out a deal before that, franchise tag.

    Jones isn’t going anywhere. Completely foolish at this point to even suggest it.

    They want and need a pass rusher, they got one. They aren’t going to discard him.

  7. .
    @arzcardinals

    ” Pro Bowl DE for a lost cause guard
    Cards won that trade ”

    It’s true that the Cards got a good player in Chandler Jones. However, the Patriots take in the draft was Cooper and draft picks who turned out to be OL Joe Thuney and WR Malcolm Mitchell. The jury is still out.
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  8. Fisher is easily the best of that group. And don’t say something stupid like Lane Johnson. He doesn’t even play LT. That’s a bust in my book for someone picked that high.
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    Obviously a book that nobody else has read. If Fisher were so good, he would have been extended by now. Truth be told, he’s a bust and never should have been drafted number one.

  9. Here Patriot’s 1st rounder busts that you don’t see often…

    Andy Katzenmoyer, Daniel Graham, Ty Warren, Benjamin Watson, Laurence Maroney, Brandon Meriweather, Dominique Easley…

    Now Cooper add to the list.

    Sooo, what your point on Jet busts? Patriot aren’t any different.

  10. There are a lot of ways to look at this trade. I think Cooper was just a ‘save him if you can’ throw in. If the Pats get anything out of him this year, fine. The Pats got a late 2nd, which they used on CJones, or Thuney and Mitchell, depending on how you look at it. The Cards will probably get a 3rd rnd supplemental, or resign CJones for big $, which I think would be a mistake. The Pats also saved 7 mil in cap room, which they spent on CLong and MBennett, and still have JSheard and 2 DEs from last yrs draft. We’ll see down the road, but I like the Pats position here. They weren’t gonna resign Jones, so they got something for him. They have more important players to spend on. Nice problem to have.

  11. slick50ks – only reason Johnson isn’t playing LT is simple, there is a potential HOF there already. Once Peters retires, starts to not play well or gets injured Johnson will move over there. He has a handful of games there already. Not sure how you can consider that a bust. Especially considering he is in the top 5 RT in the game.

  12. Arians milked Bilky B like an old cow. First sign Southies that your Saint Billy is on the downside. Glad you enjoyed the ride. Soon your Pats will be the same whipping boys like the Yankees have enjoyed for decades. It was nice, really was, now it’s time for reality.

  13. Andy K was drafted by PCarroll. Graham, Warren(excellent DE), Watson(still in the league), BMeriweather(2x Pro Bowler with the Pats), and Maroney weren’t busts. You could argue they weren’t 1rst rnders, but not busts. All mid to late 1rst rnders. The only 1rst rnd bust Belichick ever drafted was Easley. No DMilners, KWilsons, VGostons, MSanchezs around here.

  14. 1. They can sign him to an extension, and are likely to barring significant injury.

    2. If they cannot work out a deal before that, franchise tag.

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    He will be really, really expensive. Like 15 million a year. Have fun squeezing that into your salary cap. Is he worth paying as the top 5 DE’s in the league? Doubtful

  15. wouldnt get too excited there, cards fans… wait until your first big game and Jones acts like he’s just entered the witness protection program

  16. Cardinals have Carson Palmer as QB. They aren’t going anywhere with that yahoo. He has done nothing in this league, severely overrated, especially by Cardinal fans.

  17. As for who ‘won’ the trade, we are a few years from knowing if either side lost. At present it looks like one of the rare win/win trades. There was simply no way NE was going to be able to keep Hightower, Collins, Jones, Sheard and Ryan. No, I didn’t forget Butler he is slated to become a RFA not an UFA. Hightower and Collins are more important players in NE’s scheme and Jones stood to be the most expensive to keep. Jones was a streaky and situational player in NE’s D but will be a featured one in AZ. The Cards believe they got the pass rusher they need, NE ended up with Thuney, Mitchell, a year of Cooper, $5.5M of cap space that became Long and Knighton and a 2017 pick for a guy they couldn’t have afforded to keep.

    The folks saying NE got Cooper or Cooper and A pick need to pay more attenetion

  18. Did Arizona “win” the trade? We haven’t seen Cooper play a single snap in a Pats uniform. Not picking up the option is a no brainer, you see if he can play, then you extend him mid-season if he’s got the goods. Chandler Jones is a good player, seems like a good kid, but he has had injury issues in the past and also freaked out on synthetic marijuana, in season, during the stretch run for the playoffs. Also was good friends with Gronk, you don’t want to get him potentially caught up in some BS too, he’s a handful on his own. But bottom line: after this year, the Pats have contracts up for Jones, Jamie Collins, and Dontae Hightower, and the Pats can only afford two. Jones is the least productive of the three, and you have the choice of using him for one more year and letting him walk for nothing, or you deal him and get back a possible stud/possible bust and see if Dante Scarnecchia can make it work, which he’s done in the past with less. Way too early to call winners and losers on this one. See if the Cards can afford Jones next offseason. The Pats contend year in and year out because they make responsible roster moves and don’t just shell out large contracts, like many other teams, who are either grasping for something or just trying to appease a dissatisfied fan base. Super Bowls are won in the front office as much as on the field.

  19. Graham was one the best blocking TEs the Pats have had. In the SB vrs the Panthers, he blocked Peppers one on one several times during that game with no problems. Warren a bust? Pretty much says where you’re coming from.

  20. This has no bearing on Cooper’s future with NE for the moment. He was a fill in in the Jones/2nd rd pick swap, but Arizona is in deep, deep trouble if they don’t win the Super Bowl this year.

    Even this being Larry Fitzgerald’s last year, and his money off the books, Arizona needs to pay Calais Campbell somehwere near Suh money and then Jones, Olivier Vernon money.

    That’s close to 30 mil per to 2 players on a defensive line, which means that is poor salary allocation.

    Throw in an aging and overrated Carson Palmer in a dome, and they’ll be overpaying two DL players as they rebuild after 2016.

    Pats clearly won the deal with Cyrus Jones as the pick both for a great nickelback and STs player under rookie money, while getting Chris Long as a subrusher, who likely won’t disappears in the bigger games and against the better LTs in the league like Chandler Jones does.

    Chandler Jones was dealt for a reason, mainly because Belichick needs to pay Hightower, Collins, Malcolm Butler and MAYBE even the underrated Jabal Sheard as well. Good move by Belichick to spread the money out, instead of putting all your eggs in one basket.

    If Cooper does pan out with the legendary Scarnecchia coming back as the OL coach, it’s a fleece job by Belichick.

    Look at the teams who have too much money at any position and you’ll see a .500 team or worse.

    Both Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones have the leverage on Arizona’s GM, which is never a good thing for the team.

  21. Andy K was drafted by PCarroll. Graham, Warren(excellent DE), Watson(still in the league), BMeriweather(2x Pro Bowler with the Pats), and Maroney weren’t busts. You could argue they weren’t 1rst rnders, but not busts. All mid to late 1rst rnders. The only 1rst rnd bust Belichick ever drafted was Easley. No DMilners, KWilsons, VGostons, MSanchezs around here.
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    Umm, it make no differences between Jets and Patriot 1st rounder bust, but you really trying it not to be, but it is.

    Same thing can say about Vernon Gholston(mangini).

    Coples, Wilson and Sanchez did okay, not great, and they all 3 did beat your Patriot HOME playoff game 1 time. So how are they a bust?

    Milliner is only 25 year old and ya wanna call him busted? Okayyyy.

    Maroney was huge bust because he never overcame his fumbling problem and Billcheat release him for that. Beside, all the Patriot busts I listed are busts, period. They didn’t stay their entire career at Patriot, therefore Busted.

  22. IF you say Mark Sanchez a busted, then how you make out for Patriot losing to Mark Sanchez at HOME PLAYOFF game? So Patriot was worse than Mark Sanchez? is that what you literally trying to say?

    Maybe you right, Patriot suck harder than Mark Sanchez, nice idea kid.

  23. simplegodfather says:
    May 2, 2016 7:45 PM
    Beside, all the Patriot busts I listed are busts, period. They didn’t stay their entire career at Patriot, therefore Busted.
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    Joe Montana didn’t finish his career with the Niners.
    Peyton Manning finished with the Broncos, Jerry Rice with Oakland… I could keep going but you get the idea.
    Like so many Patriot haters logic just goes out the window when they get on a roll. Make sure you check under the bed for the Evil Hoodie

  24. ‘Cards get Jones for 1 year. Pats get Cooper for 1 year plus got a 2nd rounder in that trade

    figured some needed a reminder on some of the deets’

    To remind you..the Cards will either re-sign Jones (as planned) or they will get a 3rd rd comp pick when he leaves.

  25. Anyone who thinks the Patriots of all teams were actually going to pay a guy an option of 12 M for what he did as a Cardinal just isn’t paying attention.

    🙂

  26. Great trade for the Cards? I think you mean for the Pats.

    1. They were not going to resign Chandler Jones. It just wasn’t in the cards given what he’ll ask for.
    2. They got a 2nd rounder for a year lease
    3. This guy will either become a good player or he’ll leave
    4. If he leaves, they get another compensatory pick.

    They took a loss(Jones) and made it a positive(Offensive line help & 1 or 2 picks)

  27. Pats were never going to pick up that option. Waiting to see how he plays and then will make a mid season signing extension if they like him. If you can’t perform for New England you can’t play for anyone.

  28. For those saying the Patriots “lost” the trade. Before the trade the Pats had the following group of players that were in the final year of their contract Jones, Hightower, Collins and Butler. There was no way the Pats were going to be able to keep all four of them and not kill their depth.

    Jones was the least important and most easily replaced player of the four, so he was clearly the one that wasn’t getting a new contract.

    So instead of getting one year of Jones plus a compensatory pick(likely a 3rd) they get 4 years out of a second round pick plus one year out of Cooper.

    Pretty easy decision if you ask me.

  29. You can’t say the cards won the trade based on that argument , they did get the best player but the pats weren’t gonna be able to keep him so they essentially traded him for a 2nd round pick cooper was just a throw in. It’s always better to get rid of a guy a year early than a year late so it was a win – win for both teams. You don’t get anywhere by holding onto guys and letting them leave for nothing

  30. bobhorner says:
    May 2, 2016 8:41 PM
    ‘Cards get Jones for 1 year. Pats get Cooper for 1 year plus got a 2nd rounder in that trade

    figured some needed a reminder on some of the deets’

    To remind you..the Cards will either re-sign Jones (as planned) or they will get a 3rd rd comp pick when he leaves.
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    No reminder of that needed. This article and some of the early posts seemed to forget there was a 2nd round draft pick involved.

    also kind of silly to be declaring the winner of the trade before the ball is even snapped but knock yourselves out

  31. They were not going to resign Chandler Jones. It just wasn’t in the cards given what he’ll ask for.
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    They can tag him for up to 3 years in rows, AND, Cooper hasn’t done any work, so how can you say he help the O Line? Dude, don’t go hyped on Patriot this year, because this year they slowing going downhill.

  32. Good trade for Pats. Geesh, at least they got something for him. Didn’t Jones turn himself in at a police station naked, suffering from an od on synthetic marijuana?????? Brady might get away with that but not Jones.

  33. Patriots were not going to re-sign Jones when his contract ended. There were too many high value players whose contract ended in 2017. There simply won’t be enough cap room to sign everyone. So they give up Jones in a trade a year early to get something in return. In return they got Cooper, a 2nd round pick which they traded to the Saints for a 3rd and a 4th and picked OL Thuney and WR Mitchell. So they make some cap room and get 3 players in return.

    Jones is a great player and Cards got great value for the trade but Patriots got 3 potential starters in return.

  34. Ty Warren…a bust ? Your ignorance is showing. All-Pro in 2007, Peter King’s SI Pro Bowl team in 2006. Rock solid fixture for many years on the D-Line. Patriots won 2 Super Bowls with him. Ended up his career with several injuries after 6 or so solid years. I’d take him in the first round again with no regrets.

  35. Chandler Jones traded for Cyrus Jones plus lots of cap space is a more accurate depiction of this trade. Chandler had decent to very good sack stats, but was not a guy consistently pressuring or collapsing the pocket, especially late in games, and late in the season as someone else noted. Maybe because his upper body was not exactly James Harrison stout, caused him to wear down fast. For all the games where the Pats were leading late in the game, maybe his stats should have been expected to be better than they were. Also seemed to struggle holding the edge at times against the run. So all that, plus the synthetic marijuana bizarro incident…made it pretty easy to not pay him mega bucks. Cardinals would be better of letting him walk for big bucks than keeping him.

  36. P.S. I’d gladly take Ty Warren over Chandler Jones for good overall run and pass combo DE. Ty was a 3-4 DE and held his ground much better than Chandler while still having decent pass rush ability.

  37. simplegodfather says:
    May 2, 2016 7:01 PM

    Only true differences between Jets and Patriots, is Jets are legit team, while Patriots been cheating for years.
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    Do your eyes see what you just wrote?….

    Dude…..

  38. Ty Warren…a bust ? All-Pro in 2007, Peter King’s SI Pro Bowl team in 2006. Rock solid fixture for many years on the D-Line. Patriots won 2 Super Bowls with him. Ended up his career with several injuries after 6 or so solid years with minimal injury issues. I’d take him in the first round again with no regrets.

    A more accurate description of the trade would be Chandler Jones swapped for Cyrus Jones plus lots of cap space plus Cooper thrown in as a bonus.

    Chandler had decent to very good sack stats (up and down year to year (6-12-6-12) but was not a guy consistently pressuring or collapsing the pocket, especially not late in games, and not late in the season/playoffs as someone else noted. Maybe it’s because his upper body was not exactly James Harrison stout, caused him to wear down fast. For all the games where the Pats were leading late in the game, maybe his stats should have been expected to be better than they were. Also he struggled holding the edge at times against the run. So all that, plus the synthetic marijuana bizarro incident…made it pretty easy to not pay him mega bucks. Cardinals might be better off letting him walk for big bucks than keeping him at $15 M per season. Time will tell.

    I’d gladly take Ty Warren over Chandler Jones for good overall run and pass combo DE. Ty was a 3-4 LDE facing bigger ROTs yet held his ground much better than Chandler while still having decent pass rush ability/numbers.

  39. I’ve really enjoyed the logical input from pats fans here. Truly many knowledgeable football fans.

    I mean it honestly when I say that you guys were the victims throughout all the cheating controversies. Not because they didn’t do it, but because you as fans certainly never did anything wrong.

    Great fans – much respect. And truly sorry your team has put you through the ringer. Not an easy ride of highs and lows – though many will proclaim it is and was worth it. But really solid fans with high football IQs.

    Appreciate the discussion.

    – not a Goodell fan

  40. truthinesshurts says:
    May 2, 2016 10:57 PM
    Chandler Jones traded for Cyrus Jones plus lots of cap space is a more accurate depiction of this trade
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    NE used their own pick for Cyrus Jones and traded the pick they received from AZ to NO. They received pick 78 (Thuney) and pick 112 (Mitchell).
    They also netted @ $5.5M in cap space

  41. Just a quick note to Cardinal fans who may not look into AFC topics that often. Please dont waste your time trying to seriously discuss football with the patriot fan base. Their lack of understanding, and total and consuming myopia for everything pats, makes the Saturday Night Live Bears Super Fans characters seem reasonable and measured.

  42. Laurence Maroney WAS a New England bust. Every time they gave him the ball he felt the need to dance a few steps before going forward. That may work in the College game but in the pros the game moves quite a bit faster. should of been on Dancing with the stars rather than in a Patriots uniform.

  43. The Pats contend year in and year out because they make responsible roster moves and don’t just shell out large contracts, like many other teams, who are either grasping for something or just trying to appease a dissatisfied fan base. Super Bowls are won in the front office as much as on the field.
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    Don’t flatter yourself. The Pats win because they have Tom Brady. He masks the horrible FO decisions made by BB over the past 10 years.

  44. Idiots forget that the pats are gonna have to resign donte hightower, jaime collins and malcom butler. Unfortunately chandler jones was the one they had to move. Hes not as important as the other 3.

    Lets see how sullivan does in a one year basks and Scar coaching him.

  45. Well…DUHHH!!!
    Why would the at this stage???
    11.9 million & he hasn’t even played a snap yet…..SHOCKER!!! NOT!!!

  46. ++++++++++++
    jag1959 says:

    NE used their own pick for Cyrus Jones and traded the pick they received from AZ to NO. They received pick 78 (Thuney) and pick 112 (Mitchell).
    They also netted @ $5.5M in cap space
    ++++++++++++

    Yes, that is correct. I was liking the Jones for Jones coincidence, but you’re correct, it was the other pick.

    Jones for Thuney and Mitchell plus cap space….just not as catchy as Jones for Jones. 🙂

  47. bkostela says:
    May 3, 2016 10:21 AM
    The Pats contend year in and year out because they make responsible roster moves and don’t just shell out large contracts, like many other teams, who are either grasping for something or just trying to appease a dissatisfied fan base. Super Bowls are won in the front office as much as on the field.
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    Don’t flatter yourself. The Pats win because they have Tom Brady. He masks the horrible FO decisions made by BB over the past 10 years.

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    Wait….why would I be flattered? I don’t work for the Patriots, I don’t gain or lose anything personally from good or bad personnel moves. And I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree, while its absolutely beneficial to have one of the greatest QBs of all time and greatest coaches of all times (separating coach BB and GM BB), that will definitely bail you out on mistakes, I think BB’s roster moves have, on the whole, been excellent. One thing’s for sure: you’re going to miss on some guys, that’s just the way it is, it happens to literally every team in the league. BB’s brilliance is in bringing in the guys NOT like Chandler Jones, a bona fide first rounder, but taking more under the radar guys, at whatever point in the draft they feel is valuable for them, and striking gold. If you knew who Jamie Collins was coming out of college and aren’t related to him or a Southern Miss fan, then you’re a bigger football geek than I am. That kid looks like an absolute freak so far, and everyone scratched their heads and questioned the pick at the time. Have there been misses? Plenty, but everyone has those, and not everyone is winning their division almost every single year, making the playoffs almost every single year, being in the AFCCG almost every year, going to Super Bowls practically every 2-3 years, and of course, winning four Super Bowls. There are other execs who I think are pretty good, like, say Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore, he’s hit some home runs in the drafts he’s run…but he’s also the guy who paid Joe Flacco more than he’s worth and the team is in a little bit of cap distress because of it. Won a ring, can’t argue that, but what’s impressive about New England is that there are no down years in between. A “down year” is 10-6 up here. And not to mention…that Brady guy who “masks all the horrible FO decisions by BB?”…6th round draft pick.

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