Panthers sign receiver/returner Cooper, finalize deal with Burris

Carolina adds to North Carolina natives to its roster

Receiver Pharoh Cooper signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday. (Rick Scuteri / AP Photo)

CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers signed free agent wide receiver Pharoh Cooper to a one-year contract Friday and safety Juston Burris to a two-year deal.

Cooper was an All-Pro returner for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 with 932 yards and a touchdown on 34 kickoff returns to lead the NFL with an average of 27.4 yards per return. He also racked up 399 yards on 32 punt returns.

The 25-year-old Cooper, who is from Havelock and played collegiately at South Carolina, is still developing as a wideout, though. He had a career-high 25 receptions for 243 yards and a touchdown in 12 games last season with Arizona. He also returned 25 kickoffs for 561 yards (22.4 yards per return) and 17 punts for 129 yards.

Burris, who went to NC State after playing high school football in Raleigh, has played in 52 career games with 11 starts, totaling 58 tackles, 14 passes defensed, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack in four NFL seasons with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. Last season he had a career-high 30 tackles for Cleveland and two interceptions.

The 26-year-old Burris was a fourth-round pick by the Jets in 2016.