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Cardinals, Cooper agree to terms

Jonathan Cooper

Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Cooper laughs during opening night Fan Fest at the team’s minicamp, prior to NFL football practice on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


And then there were two.

The Cardinals have announced that a deal has been struck with guard Jonathan Cooper, the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Per a source with knowledge of the terms, Cooper will have offset language in the contract. In exchange, the structure of the deal will mirror those of the contracts signed by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2012 and by Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher, Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, and Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo this year.

Cooper also will receive the full amount of his signing bonus by early October. Specifically, he gets $3.4 million within 10 days, $3 million on September 15, and $2.56 million on October 15.

The deal leaves Jets cornerback Dee Milliner and Titans guard Chance Warmack as the only two unsigned draft picks. Coincidentally (or not), the coaches of both teams are believed to be on the hot seat, giving the players a bit more leverage than usual.