Jonathan Cooper’s job search didn’t last too long.
The seventh-overall pick of the 2013 draft No. 7 was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on Monday after he was released by New England Patriots. The Patriots acquired Cooper in a trade with the Cardinals that shipped Chandler Jones to Arizona during the offseason.
Cooper never played a down in New England. He suffered a foot injury in training camp and wasn’t deemed healthy until last week. Injuries have been a concern for the fourth-year lineman. Cooper missed his entire rookie year after sustaining a broken leg and has battled injuries since.
Shaq Mason took over at right guard for New England this season. Ted Karras serves as the team’s primary backup at right guard.
Cooper should eventually start on the Browns if he can remain healthy. He has displayed solid blocking ability when he’s been on the field.
Cleveland placed center Austin Reiter on injured reserve and waived offensive lineman Anthony Fabiano on Monday.
The lineman’s departure from New England doesn’t mean the Patriots drastically lost the offseason trade. The Patriots received a second-round draft pick that the team later turned into third- and fourth-round selections. Guard Joe Thuney and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell were selected with the picks.