SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Chargers agreed to a one-year contract with linebacker Stephen Cooper on Friday.

Cooper, 31, played the last eight seasons with the Chargers and started 11 of 12 games played in 2010.

While Cooper was in free agency last month, the Chargers signed another veteran linebacker, Takeo Spikes, to a three-year deal. Spikes, 34, played the last four seasons in San Francisco under Greg Manusky, now San Diego's defensive coordinator.

Thursday in the team's preseason opener, Spikes started at the 3-4 defense's "mike" spot, where Cooper had played.

The club didn't release financial terms of the deal.

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