Originally created 05/16/04

Panthers re-sign safety Cooper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers safety Jarrod Cooper, a special teams standout over the past three seasons, has re-signed with the team, according to the Panthers.

Cooper, 26, a restricted free agent, is known for his solid play on special teams.

But he has also made news off the field, with two DUI arrests and a four-game suspension and fine of $228,823 in November for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Cooper was the team's fifth-round draft pick in 2001. He has appeared in 33 career games. He has 16 tackles, a forced fumble and 36 special teams tackles.

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