Raiders aim to lock up own UFA

The Oakland Raiders have spent some time paring payroll from the books in order to gain cap compliance and more moves will follow as they look to get far enough under the cap to secure free agents and NFL Draft picks. They remain very interested in re-signing one of their own unrestricted free agents.

While much of the focus has been placed on who will be the next cut or restructure, Oakland has seen very little play with re-singing its own free agents.

One player who is set to be free whenever free agency starts – and there is hesitancy to list a date as many times as it has been pushed back.

Jarrod Cooper is a player that Oakland is in serious talks to bring back, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Oakland loves his competitive fire and leadership – some of which has been sorely lacking at times. Cooper placed much of the blame on the season on himself and the rest of the players, instantly endearing himself to the executives in Oakland.

The 6-foot-2 safety and Ed Block Courage award winner this past year, notched 54 tackles and two fumbles forced after a having surgery in May to repair a torn ACL. He still managed to suit up in time for the start of the season and played in every game.

Cooper was pressed into action at safety after injuries to Charles Woodson and Derrick Gibson, performing well. He is also a stalwart on special teams.

His agent, Ben Dogra, confirmed that the two sides were discussing a deal to bring him back and was optimistic that something could be worked out.

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