Chargers sign Cooper to 5-year deal
SAN DIEGO -- Inside linebacker Stephen Cooper signed a new five-year contract on Friday that runs through the 2010 season.
Cooper was due to become an unrestricted free agent when his old contract expired after this season.
"Stephen is one of our young fast-rising players," general manager A.J. Smith said. "He's a hard worker."
Cooper came to the Chargers as a rookie free agent out of Maine. He has never missed a game in three seasons, starting four of 48 games played, and made key contributions on both defense and special teams.
"It was really important for me to get this taken care of before the regular season so that I could just focus on football," Cooper said. "I wanted to be here and the organization wanted me to be here, so I'm just glad that it worked out the way that it did."
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