When the Washington Redskins released longtime tight end Chris Cooley last week, there was speculation that Cooley’s days wearing burgundy and gold were not completely over.
Friday, general manager Bruce Allen spoke at the National Press Club luncheon and said, “That door is still open,” in regards to bringing Chris Cooley back. “We have a meeting next week.” This is interesting because veteran salaries aren’t guaranteed if they sign after week 1 of the regular season.
Chris Cooley was a leader, fan favorite, and one of the DMV’s (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) beloved sports figures. Cooley was selected in the 3rd round of ’04 draft and is the first tight end in franchise history to receive consecutive pro bowl honors (2007-08). Cooley owns 4 of the top 5 receiving seasons by a tight end in club history (83 receptions in 2008, 77 in 2010, 71 in 2005, and 66 in 2007). Cooley ranks 2nd in Redskins’ history in receiving yards by a tight end (4,703) and 9th in touchdowns (33). He’s ranked 19th in NFL history in receptions (428).
When Mike Shanahan spoke soon after Chris Cooley announcing he was “no longer a Redskin,” Shanahan eluded to Cooley possibly being re-signed. Shanahan said that Cooley has earned the right to rejoin the Washington Redskins in the future.
The future could be next week, and that could please the fans that didn’t agree with releasing Cooley in the first place. If Washington does decide to bring Cooley back, this will go down as yet another smart and prudent decision by Shanahan and Bruce Allen.
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