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Cooper signs; LB cut


Safety Deke Cooper has signed the one-year tender the Jaguars made to him, and the team announced today it has released linebacker Tommy Hendricks.

The Jaguars tendered Cooper at the high level, which means Cooper will be paid $1.43 million this season. Cooper signed the tender on Monday. His salary, however, is not guaranteed.

He became a restricted free agent on March 2 and was free to negotiate with any other team, but any team signing Cooper would've had to compensate the Jaguars with a first-round draft choice. Signing the tender means Cooper may no longer offer his services to another team.

Hendricks was arrested last week for violation of a restraining order that protected Hendricks' wife and children. The arrest, however, was not a factor in the Jaguars' decision to cut Hendricks. He is experiencing personal problems the Jaguars believe Hendricks must give his full attention.

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