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Think Chris Cooper Isn't a Big Deal? Not So Fast

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIApril 6, 2010

     The Raiders have made their first free agent signing from another team, they have signed defensive tackle/end Chris Cooper from the Seahawks.  I am sure that not many fans are excited about this move, but I think it could have huge potential. 

     Cooper was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 6th round of 2001.  At that time, who was coaching the defensive line?  Mike Waufle, who has returned to the Raiders as well.  This reunion could pay dividends. 

     Also, Cooper has the verstility that helps the Raiders depth chart.  He has played some defensive end and he is listed as a defensive tackle on the Raiders transactions page. 

     He has career numbers of 132 tackles and 8.5 sacks.  Those numbers don't look great, but he has never played a full season as a starter.  He has 14 career starts, 12 with the Raiders in 2002-2003.  He has played for the 49ers, Seahawks, Cowboys and Cardinals

     As a 9 year veteran, he could have a shot at making the roster out of training camp with the Raiders thin at defensive tackle (Tommy Kelly, William Joseph, Desmond Bryant). 

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