The Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals struck a deal that will send cornerback Marcus Cooper to the Cardinals.
The San Francisco 49ers drafted the 26-year-old Cooper in 2013 in the seventh round. They waived him during the final round of preseason roster cuts that same season, which is when the Chiefs claimed him.
In three seasons with the Chiefs, Cooper has appeared in 39 games (11 starts). He was a rising star as a rookie in 2013 with three interceptions and 21 passes defensed, but he's been unable to replicate those numbers over the last two seasons.
The Cardinals were in search of depth at cornerback heading into the final round of roster cuts on Saturday with Justin Bethel battling a lingering foot injury and Mike Jenkins suffering a torn ACL during a preseason game on August 28 that ended his 2016 season.
The Chiefs no longer had room for Cooper with the emergence of Marcus Peters during his rookie season in 2015 and Steve Nelson (23 years old) and KeiVarae Russell (22) being promising young talents for the defense to build around.
It's a no-lose deal for both teams. The Chiefs clear a roster spot for a player they want to keep and acquire an extra draft pick in two years. The Cardinals take a flier on a young player who once showed tremendous promise not that long ago.