Copper back with Chiefs|Former Pack, Pirates standout happy to return

Published 3:17 am Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sports Editor

Terrance Copper spent one day on the free-agent market.
The former Washington Pam Pack and East Carolina Pirates star re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. He will be entering his seventh season in the NFL, and his second with the Chiefs.
“It’s feels pretty good,” said Copper, who signed a one-year deal. “They want me and it’s always good to go where they want you.
“I like the coaches and I think we’re getting better. We got better at the end of last year and I think we’re on our way to doing some good things.”
Copper, who was being pursued by the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, has become a special teams ace in the league. He had a career-high 16 special teams tackles in 15 games for the Chiefs in 2009.
The 6-0, 207-pound receiver also had four catches for 68 yards. Copper had two catches for 57 yards, including a career-long 50-yard reception, in Kansas City’s 44-24 win over the Denver Broncos in the season finale.
He also had one kickoff return for 18 yards.
Copper is hoping for a big year in 2010.
“I always want to get better,” he said. “My goal is to do what I can to help the team win.”
Copper has played in 78 games (seven starts) with Dallas (2004-05), New Orleans (2006-08), Baltimore (2008) and Kansas City (2009).
In his career, Copper has 50 receptions for 668 yards and six touchdowns. He also has 27 kickoff returns for 520 yards (19.3 average), along with 57 special teams tackles.
Copper is thrilled that he’s been able to play this long.
“It’s a blessing,” Copper said. “When I signed as a free agent with Dallas, I was just lucky to make the team. I had no idea I’d still be here.
“I’m going to play until I can’t play any more. I’ll play until they kick me out of the league.”
Copper, who finished his ECU career with 139 catches for 1,683 yards and three touchdowns after setting numerous records with the Pam Pack, is hoping for a Super Bowl ring soon.
“I want to win a Super Bowl,” Copper said. “I’m not too far from playing for 10 years. I’m not getting any younger.
“I really want to win that Super Bowl.”