Rick Stroud reports that the Buccaneers are not expected to sign veteran free agent WR Riley Cooper after his three-day tryout with the team at their rookie minicamp.
This is the first reported interest in Cooper since he became a free agent last February.
Although Tampa Bay is not expected to sign him, Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter said Riley looked good during workouts due to the simple fact that it showed he’s played in the NFL.
“Well, you could tell that he’s played,” Koetter said, via Buccaneers.com. “You can tell that he’s played in the NFL and he’s played for a while. These guys — obviously when you bring guys from a whole bunch of colleges and they’re a little bit nervous, and they’re learning a new system, I mean, he’s played football in the NFL. That stands out for sure.”
Cooper, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2010. He was entering the third year of his five-year, $22.5 million contract that included $10 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $4.5 million for the 2016 season when the Eagles released him last year.
In 2015, Cooper appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and recorded 21 receptions for 327 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 86 receiver out of 119 qualifying players that season.