Player Page

Marcus Cooper | Defensive Back | #31

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 197
College: Rutgers
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 7 (252) / SF
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Bears re-signed CB Marcus Cooper to a one-year contract.
Cooper can make up to $2.5 million with incentives. It's a slightly above veteran minimum deal. Cooper was benched five games into last year and released from Chicago earlier this offseason. He'll return in a backup role. Mar 24 - 2:16 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Free agent CB Marcus Cooper is visiting the Cardinals on Friday.

Cooper was with the Cardinals in 2016 but received a three-year, $16 million contract from the Bears the following year. After an ineffective season in which he was benched in favor of Prince Amukamara and released, Cooper remains on the hunt for backup work. Arizona could be the perfect destination since the team just released Tyrann Mathieu and lost Tramon Williams to the Packers in free agency.
Mar 23 - 10:11 AM

Bears released CB Marcus Cooper.

The Bears also cut Mike Glennon and Markus Wheaton. Cooper lasted just one season in Chicago after inking a three-year deal last offseason. He opened 2017 as a starter but quickly lost his spot to Prince Amukamara and barely played down the stretch. The 28-year-old will now hunt for backup work elsewhere.
Mar 14 - 6:34 PM

Bears declared CB Marcus Cooper, G/C Hronnis Grassu, DT John Jenkins, ILB Nick Kwiatkoski, RB Taquan Mizzell, QB Mark Sanchez, and OLB Willie Young inactive for Week 5 against the Vikings.

Cooper has a back injury. Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara will start outside.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 07:04:00 PM

Bears signed CB Marcus Cooper to a three-year, $16 million contract with $8 million guaranteed.

Cooper is also getting a $1.5 million signing bonus. It's a fallback signing after Chicago struck out on Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye. Cooper has plus size (6'2/192) for DC Vic Fangio's scheme and had four interceptions as a 13-game starter in Arizona last year, but he got flamed in coverage. Out of 120 qualified cornerbacks at Pro Football Focus, only six had worse pass-coverage grades than Cooper. Ideally, Cooper would be the Bears' No. 4 corner behind Tracy Porter, Prince Amukamara, and Bryce Callahan.
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 06:26:00 PM

Free agent Marcus Cooper is visiting the Bears on Friday.

It's his first known visit. The Bears showed heavy interest in Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye but couldn't sign either one. Perhaps they'll have better luck with Cooper. The 27-year-old has also been linked to the Jets and Steelers.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 10:27:00 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers have been "in contact" with free agent CB Marcus Cooper.

Cooper is also being pursued by the Jets. The Steelers have been scouring the market for cornerback help, reaching out to Logan Ryan (now with Tennessee), Brandon Flowers and now Cooper. The 27-year-old was exposed playing opposite Patrick Peterson last season, earning PFF's No. 107 cornerback grade out of 120 qualifiers.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 11:13:00 AM

The Newark Star Ledger reports the Jets are interested in free agent CB Marcus Cooper.

The Jets are the first team linked to Cooper. Cooper didn't play under Todd Bowles in Arizona but comes from a similar 3-4, man-coverage scheme. He would give the Jets a (sub-par) starting corner to play opposite Marcus Williams.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 05:04:00 PM

Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official website expects Arizona to pursue "mid-tier" cornerbacks in free agency.

That means they're out on A.J. Bouye and Stephon Gilmore. The Cardinals are looking for a cornerback to pair with All-Pro Patrick Peterson. Coach Bruce Arians said the team would like to bring back free agent Marcus Cooper, who started 14 games last season. Cooper led Arizona with four interceptions but received negative marks from Pro Football Focus in pass coverage. The Cards will enter free agency with a little over $17 million in cap space.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 12:39:00 PM

Cardinals CB Marcus Cooper exited Week 15 against the Saints with a back injury.

Cooper went down in the third quarter and was quickly taken to the locker room. He is questionable to return. The Saints have been targeting any corner not named Patrick Peterson, and that should continue with rookie Brandon Williams in the game.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Cardinals CB Marcus Cooper exited Week 14 against the Dolphins with a back injury.

Cooper took a cheap shot from Jarvis Landry to the back while making a tackle in the third quarter. He walked off the field and into the locker room under his own power, but he was moving slowly. Cooper is officially questionable to return. Justin Bethel entered the game after Cooper exited.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 03:15:00 PM

Cardinals CB Marcus Cooper has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2.

Cooper was acquired via trade from the Chiefs at final cuts. After rookie CB Brandon Williams got abused in the Week 1 opener, Cooper played 65-of-80 defensive snaps against the Bucs and picked off two passes, returning one 60 yards for a touchdown. He also broke up three passes. Coach Bruce Arians said he'll go with the hot hand at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 10:49:00 AM

Cardinals acquired CB Marcus Cooper from the Chiefs in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2018.

Cooper made some noise as a seventh-round rookie in 2013, but his play steadily fell off. He'll provide some depth behind the shaky duo of Justin Bethel and Brandon Williams opposite Patrick Peterson. Cooper also spent some time at safety this summer. He will likely be tried as a press corner in Arizona.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 04:04:00 PM

Marcus Cooper has been getting safety reps at OTAs.

Cooper is moving to safety full time after spending his first three years at corner. He gives the Chiefs another option behind starters Eric Berry and Ron Parker. Added versatility will improve Cooper's chances of making the 53.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 02:27:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss mentions Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper as someone who could interest the Patriots.

Cooper has played all of one defensive snap through the first two weeks and could probably be had for a conditional seventh-round pick. He went to Rutgers, and the Patriots previously tried landing him via waivers from the 49ers in 2013 before the Chiefs won on the wire. The Patriots are looking for corner help.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 08:35:00 AM