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Apr. 26, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and offensive guard Jonathan Cooper pose for a photo during a press conference at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals agree to terms with seventh overall pick Jonathan Cooper.

The number of unsigned first round draft picks is down to two.

The Arizona Cardinals and seventh overall pick Jonathan Cooper have agreed to terms, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Cooper’s deal is worth $14.55 million over four years.

Per La Canfora, the Cards and Cooper had been at odds over contract structure and language and Cooper was able to get the same structure as top pick Eric Fisher. Cooper will also get a more lucrative signing bonus structure than Fisher and some other top picks.

With Cooper now headed to training camp, that leaves Dee Milliner and Chance Warmack as the lone unsigned holdouts from the 2013 NFL Draft. Milliner was the ninth overall selection by the Jets. Warmack was taken one pick later at No. 10 by Tennessee.

Cooper was the first former North Carolina linemen to be taken in the first round of the draft since the 49ers selected Harris Barton in 1987.

The 23-year-old is a durable guard who started a school-record 48 games while at North Carolina.

John Breech, CBS Sports.

Arizona Cardinals’ Freddie Kitchens “fortunate” to be alive, coaching.

Less than two months removed from nearly losing his life, Freddie Kitchens is back on a football field, doing his job: Coaching the quarterbacks and doing so not any differently than he had done so before.

“If you watched the last two-minute (drill to end practice),” he said with a smile, “I think you would’ve seen that my heart is in great shape.”

That wasn’t the case June 4.

On the field, getting ready for an OTA practice, Kitchens started to feel chest pains.

“I heard a pop,” he said Saturday. “I actually heard two pops, which made me be more aware of the things that were going to happen in the future, the near future like in the next 30 or 40 seconds. I heard the pop and then my vision kind of went blurry and bright; and then from there I started getting numbness in my leg. I didn’t really what was going on, but I knew that it wasn’t good.”

No, it wasn’t.

Kitchens, 38, had suffered an aortic dissection, a potentially life-threatening tear in the aorta. If not treated right away, he might bleed to death.

Craig Grialou, Arizona Sports.

Arizona Cardinals training camp: 10 observations from Day 2.

The Arizona Cardinals hit the field at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the second time. This time, it was in front of an approximately 8800 fans, a few hundred more than attended on Friday.

What did I see?

1. Rookie tight end D.C. Jefferson is big, athletic and has some pretty good hands. I know it was not with pads or contact, but he did stretch out for a catch that was very receiver-like.

2. I saw a four man front for the first time. The first time was when there were a couple of plays in which they used only three defensive backs. Will they use that in the regular season…a ’46′ look?

3. Something I hadn’t seen for a while showed up again. Matt Shaughnessy was getting a lot of reps at OLB. The times I saw him on the field during OTAs and mini-camp were in nickel packages, and he had his hand in the dirt, making it look like a 3-3-5. Saturday, he was running with the first team nickel group, but standing up like an edge rusher. He did line up as a lineman a few plays. Which leads me to…

4. For the first time, I saw some 4-3 looks. Each and every time, it was Shaughnessy that was the fourth lineman. Other times, he stood up off the edge or was standing up a little off the line of scrimmage.

Jess Root, Revenge of the Birds.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Freddie Kitchens, Jonathan Cooper

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