Cooley was cut earlier this year after the Redskins were content with Davis and backup Logan Paulsen, deciding Cooley, who was slated to make $3.8 million this season, was expendable after a couple of serious injuries.
Now, bringing Cooley back makes a ton of sense as he is familiar with the offense and should be able to contribute right away.
In 2011, Cooley only played in six games but he was extremely productive in 2010, grabbing 77 passes for 849 yards and three touchdowns. Of course, Cooley’s health will play a huge role in the Redskins decision to bring him back but if he can contribute anything the Redskins should look into it.
Even if they bring Cooley back it will likely be as a backup to Logan Paulsen who stepped up after Davis went down, catching 4 passes for 76 yards. Whatever the Redskins decide to do, they will likely keep Paulsen as the starting tight end for the time being.
Of course, there is always the chance that head coach Mike Shanahan moves on completely from Cooley and looks in a different direction. Perhaps, they believe Niles Paul can be more than just a blocking tight end moving forward.
Whatever the Redskins do I don’t think it will be easy to replace the production of Fred Davis who is among the best pass catching tight ends in the game. Someone, whether it is Paulsen, Paul, or even Cooley, will need to step up and fill the void.