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Redskins Sign Mariel Cooper, Release Andre Roberts


The Redskins made a pair of moves on Tuesday, signing cornerback Mariel Cooper while also releasing wide receiver Andre Roberts after two seasons with the team.

The Washington Redskins have signed college free agent cornerback Mariel Cooper and released veteran wide receiver Andre Roberts.

A product of The Citadel, Cooper was one of 33 tryout players for the Redskins during this past weekend's rookie minicamp.

Cooper played for The Citadel during the 2015 season, as the Sumter, S.C., native appeared in 12 games with 11 starts, totaling 30 tackles (four for loss), eight passes defensed and an interception, which he hauled in during a 69-0 victory over Davidson in the season opener.

Prior to his time at The Citadel, Cooper played at South Carolina State for four years, totaling 31 tackles with a pass defensed, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.  

With the addition of Cooper, Washington now has eight cornerbacks on the roster, joining Bashaud Breeland, Lloyd Carrington, Quinton Dunbar, Jeremy Harris, Josh Norman, Dashaun Phillips and Greg Toler.

Carrington was one of the team's college free agent additions after the draft, while Norman, of course, signed with the team as a free agent last month after the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag.

Roberts, 28, spent two seasons with the Redskins, appearing in 25 games with four starts. He totaled 47 receptions for 588 yards and two touchdowns. During the 2015 season, the seventh-year veteran also recorded a kickoff return for touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.

With Roberts' departure, the Redskins currently have nine wide receivers on the 90-man roster, as Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson, Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant and Rashad Ross are all returning while first-round pick Josh Doctson and college free agents Reggie Diggs, Maurice Harris and Valdez Showers have been added this offseason.




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