Eagles sign draft pick receiver Cooper

Posted: July 14, 2010

The Eagles have signed wide receiver Riley Cooper, a rangy fifth-round draft pick from Florida. He signed a four-year contract, the team said Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cooper, listed at 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds, caught attention in May practices with his big frame and strong hands. At Florida, he had 81 receptions for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns in 51 games. In 2009, he was named second-team all-Southeastern Conference.

He will enter training camp behind DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant but could compete with Hank Baskett for a role as a big target, especially near the end zone.

The Cooper deal leaves just two unsigned draft picks for the Eagles as training camp approaches: first-rounder Brandon Graham and second-round pick Nate Allen. Rookies and selected veterans are scheduled to report to camp July 26.

Cooper also was selected by the Texas Rangers in 2009, in the 25th round of the baseball draft, and by the Phillies in 2006, in the 15th round.


Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214 or jtamari@phillynews.com.

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