Chris Cooley recently re-signed with the Washington Redskins, the team that just a couple months prior released the long-time fan favorite.
Well the Redskins came crawling back, kind of, as their tight end Fred Davis went down last weekend with a season ending knee injury. After it looked like Cooley’s tenure in Washington would end sadly (Cooley took the cut very hard), he’s suddenly returned and is preparing to get back in the mix.
His new deal is for one-year and includes a $200,000 signing bonus with a base salary of $825,000, which will be prorated over the final 10 weeks, giving Cooley a total of $485,294 in guaranteed money. But apparently Cooley made one other unique request in his new deal.
Here are some comments he recently made on his return to the team, including the team physical, and his new contract:
“I think it might be different if I went to another team, or somewhere where they don’t know me. The doctor that did it is the doctor that did my knee surgery before. I mean, he knows me. So it’s not up in the air. I’m healthy. My knees not swollen; I’m not overweight. I’m sure if I was a fat slob when I walked in there yesterday, someone would be like, ‘Hey, let’s run a little bit.’ But I’m in good shape right now.”
“Literally, I have text correspondence trying to negotiate a case of beer into my contract. They wouldn’t do it. I wanted it in writing so much.”
I sincerely hope Cooley is not joking about the request for a case of beer in his contract. I’m not sure if he was just screwing with the Redskins, or if he really just wanted it in writing for his refrigerator. Either way, props to Cooley on an awesome request.