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Saturday, August 13, 2011
Chargers bring back vet LB Stephen Cooper

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The San Diego Chargers brought back free-agent Stephen Cooper with a one-year deal.

It is clear Cooper came back to the Chargers after he saw no viable offers on the free-agent market. The Chargers thought Cooper would leave as a free agent.

Cooper will likely provide depth and insurance behind youngsters Donald Butler and Jonas Mouton to play alongside new addition Takeo Spikes as an inside linebacker.

“We are happy Coop decided to return to the Chargers,” San Diego general manager A.J. Smith said. “He wanted to explore the free agent market and weigh his options. He will bring his experience and more veteran leadership to our linebacker corps.”

Cooper gives the team another veteran option. It was a good move by San Diego to bring him back.

In other AFC West nuggets Friday night:

Here is another way San Diego undrafted rookie sensation Daryl Gamble could make the Chargers’ roster.

In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper looks at how free agency has affected each AFC team.

Denver cornerback Perrish Cox has ground to make up if he is going to make the Broncos’ roster. Cox is facing an October sexual assault trial.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson was thrilled with the play of rookie offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski. The second-round pick will either start at center or guard.