The NFL roster cuts season is in full swing. By Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern, all teams must cut their squads down to their final 53 man roster for the season.
Today the Washington Redskins cut eight-year veteran tight end Chris Cooley. Given that OC Mike Tice prefers having four TE on his roster as opposed to three TE and one FB, is it time for the Chicago Bears to pick up the phone and get Cooley into Halas Hall?
Cooley has had five seasons with more than 700+ yards receiving and 50+ catches. To put this in perspective, that is more catches than anyone on the Bears roster had last season.
Two of his eight NFL seasons have been write offs due to injury. However, today’s announcement came with the news that Cooley is healthy and ready to go. The Redskins are simply moving in a different direction.
To me this looks like a numbers game. In simple terms, Cooley was due to make in excess of $6 million this season for a reduced role on the team.
The desire to play and contribute still burns inside this guy. He could really make a difference on a team such as the Bears, who have done just about everything in their power to load up the roster with weapons for Cutler.
When asked if Cooley had requested to be released, HC Mike Shanahan would not comment. He did, however, have this to say:
“Chris wants an opportunity to be a starter in the NFL if he does play,” Shanahan said. “I told him Fred was going to be our starter. But if he wanted to be a starter, I would give him every option to seek that opportunity out, and that’s what we’re doing at this time.”
Personally I would be happy for the Bears to get rid of any of their current crop of TE if it meant Cooley could be catching balls from Jay Cutler this season.
Anyone who thinks Cooley wouldn’t be better for this roster than Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth, Evan Rodriguez or Kyle Adams really needs their head examined. Keep in mind that Cooley has been filling in at fullback for much of the preseason.
Hopefully for the right price, Cooley could be suiting up in Chicago and helping the Bears march to a Superbowl appearance before we know it.