The Jets are bringing back DL Xavier Cooper on a one-year deal for next season, the team announced Monday night.
Cooper began the 2017 season with the 49ers before becoming cut in late October. The Jets scooped him up on Halloween, and he ended up playing eight games, totaling 10 tackles and one sack in the process.
The 26-year-old filled in during Muhammad Wilkerson's suspenion, and impressed as a fill-in. He will likely be vying for a depth role on the defensive front as well this season.
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Cooper is a useful signing for a unit that still lacks veteran depth, even after Mike Pennel was re-signed last week. However, his contract probably won't be for much more than the minimum salary, and likely won't guarantee him a spot on the team.
Last year, his role increased down the stretch, especially over the last three games with Wilkerson sidelined, and Leonard Williams also knocked out of a game. Cooper's best moment saw him get interior pressure on Drew Brees, leading to an interception.
However, he wasn't statistically productive in his reserve role, racking up just 10 tackles in eight games. Nevertheless, he battled hard in the trenches and seems like the kind of player that will do the dirty work inside to free up other players to make plays.