The Carolina Panthers have signed wide receiver Pharoh Cooper to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Panthers sign WR Pharoh Cooper to a one-year deal. Has KR/PR experience; NC native who played at South Carolina.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) March 20, 2020
Cooper played college football at South Carolina and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Cooper has also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals in his brief NFL career.
Here’s a quick recap of his career from the Panthers’ announcement of the contract signing:
A fourth-round draft pick of the Rams in 2016, Cooper earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2017 as a returner with 932 yards and a touchdown on 34 kickoff returns to go with 399 yards on 32 punt returns. His 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Jacksonville that season earned him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Last season, Cooper played in 13 games – one with the Bengals and 12 with the Cardinals. He recorded a career-high 25 receptions for 243 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 25 kickoffs for 561 yards and 17 punts for 129 yards.
As you probably expect, I think this is a great move. Cooper was a solid player at South Carolina and could add some value to the Panthers in the return game (and we all know they can use all the help there they can find). It will be interesting to see if he can grab a spot on the team’s roster this season, but I think he has a pretty good shot at that if they give him a chance to show what he can do.
As always, stay tuned to CSR as we’ll provide the details on this signing when they’re available.