Cooper could move up if Jackson leaves

Raiders' defensive lineman Chris Cooper stands to benefit the most should Grady Jackson decide to accept the New York Jets offer of a one-year deal. Cooper, a sixth-round draft pick a year ago, had the best season of any of Oakland's rookies last season and could be in line to inherit Jackson's starting role should the free agent defensive tackle decide to move on.

Jackson met with the Jets recently and is reportedly mulling whether or not to take New York's offer. Because Jackson has not been able to find any team willing to meet his demands -- one of which is reportedly a $5 million signing bonus -- the thinking is that he will accept the Jets deal then test the free agent waters next year. Although Oakland appeared to be still in the running for Jackson just a few weeks ago, the chances of the team re-signing him dimmed in recent days. Jackson himself has been quoted as saying he and the team have not had much contact as of late. Cooper began the season in a back-up role but by season's end had become an integral part of the Raiders four-man rotation at defensive tackle. Oakland has already lost Darrell Russell for the season and might lose Jackson to the Jets. John Parrella, signed by Oakland in the offseason, is expected to take one of the vacant starting jobs while Cooper, who also played defensive end, will challenge Roderick Coleman for the other.

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