The Cardinals and the agent for guard Jonathan Cooper are past the negotiation stage. There is no middle ground. For Cooper to sign and start practice it’s going to require one side giving in. And that’s not going to be the Cardinals.

Cooper’s four-year contract will be worth around $14.5 million including a $10 million signing bonus. That’s not the issue. The Cardinals have agreed to provide the maximum amount of money allowed according to an NFL source in the form of workout bonuses and such.

The hangup is over an “offset” that would protect the team financially in the event Cooper was cut at some point and picked up by another team. That’s not likely to happen but stranger things have occurred.