Fooch’s update: Jason Hurley has the remaining details, and as expected, the roster bonuses are sizable. As is the workout bonus.
Jonathan Cooper details, $2M base, $2M signing bonus, $475k per game RB, $475K workout bonus.— Jason Hurley (@Jay_AB81) March 23, 2018
The San Francisco 49ers signed Jonathan Cooper to a one-year contract earlier this week, and the details of it offer some similarities to new 49ers pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu, albeit on a slightly higher scale.
Cooper is due a $2 million base salary for 2018, per the NFLPA salary database. Additionally, NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero has some details on Cooper’s guarantees. Cooper is getting a $2 million signing bonus and $4 million in total guarantees. There is no word yet on if his $2 million base salary is fully guaranteed, or becomes fully guaranteed based on a decision later this summer.
Interior OL market going strong. Well-traveled former 1st-round pick Jonathan Cooper's one-year deal with the #49ers is worth $4.95 million, including a $2M signing bonus and $4M in total guarantees.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 23, 2018
Cooper suffered a knee injury in the Dallas Cowboys’ season finale. He said after the game that it was not a major injury, but he did end up getting surgery on his MCL in January, according to the Cowboys official team site. The surgery reportedly included some other clean-up issues, and at the time he was likely to need four-to-five months of rehab.
That kind of timeline would take him well into the 49ers offseason workout program, and likely would keep him off the field during the team’s June minicamp. My guess is the $950,000 aside from his signing bonus and base salary includes a hefty chunk of in-season roster bonuses and potentially other playing time incentives.
This deal is a little reminiscent of Jerry Attaochu’s one-year deal, albeit for different reasons. Attaochu got $2.5 million guaranteed, with a sizable amount of playing time and sack incentives. Cooper is likely competing for a bigger role than Attaochu. Cooper could very well end up starting, while Attaochu is more likely competing for a rotational pass rush role.