When the Redskins released longtime tight end Chris Cooley on August 28, both the team and the player left the door open for a possible return.Next week, the sides plan to discuss such a scenario, Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday afternoon.General Manager Bruce Allen first broached the subject during a speaking engagement at the National Press Club, saying, Yes, absolutely that door is still open. We have a meeting next week.Asked to expand on Allens comments later, Shanahan said the team is weighing its options with regard to Cooley.Yeah, Im not sure when that is, Shanahan said of the meeting. To be honest with you, Ive been pretty busy this week getting ready for a game. But weve always left the door open for Chris.When Cooley gave his tear-filled goodbye 10 days ago in Ashburn, the Redskins said the move was made so that the loyal veteran of eight seasons could explore the possibility of starting for another team. The Redskins are committed to starting Fred Davis.Cooley hired an agent, but as of Friday afternoon had not signed with another team. The 30-year-old Leesburg, Va. resident told The Washington Post Friday afternoon that he was unaware a meeting had been scheduled for next week but was open to discussing a possible return to the team that drafted him in the third round in 2004. Cooley's agent, David Dunn, did not immediately return a phone call.It gave him an opportunity to see if theres anything where hes got a chance to start, Shanahan said. Thats the main thing. Hes going to weigh his options. Im sure hes looking at his options with different teams right now. Who needs a tight end? Whats going to happen maybe after this week? Probably weigh all of his options, and well look at our options as well. We have three tight ends, so its not like were very deep at the position. And with one fullback, its not very deep.The Redskins would have to move another player on the 53-man roster if they were to bring back Cooley, which at this point still seems like a long-shot. When Cooley was released, he counted 6.23 million against the Redskinss salary cap. If hes resigned, his salary would be more inline with an aging reserve player and it would not be guaranteed.There are a lot of possibilities, Shanahan said. I cant tell you for sure whats going to happen at this time. But wed like to have as many options as possible. As you mentioned, well get a chance to talk next week.
The Redskins and Buccaneers are going to wrap up their preseason earlier than the other 30 teams in the NFL, thanks to some inclement weather that's heading toward Tampa Bay.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the matchup between the two NFC squads has been bumped up a day to try and avoid what looks like a lot of precipitation and winds in Florida, courtesy of Tropical Depression Nine:
Tampa Bay's game vs Washington is being moved to Wednesday because of incoming weather, league source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2016
Washington sent out this tweet in response to the news:
We support the decision made by the Buccaneers and the NFL. We look forward to our game on Wednesday. https://t.co/LtR7zlbbt8— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 30, 2016
"It has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, according to the Bucs' website. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."
The exhibition finale is slated to start at 8 p.m. Redskins Kickoff will air on CSN at 7 p.m., with Redskins Extra following the matchup.
Get ready for some Hump Day Football.
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Earlier this month at training camp, Nick Sundberg complimented Dustin Hopkins' "huge vert" and admired his "great hand-eye coordination" in an effort to publicize that the Redskins kicker is as athletic as they come. Unfortunately, it appears that Sundberg forgot at least one key skill in Hopkins' repertoire: The ability to hit mammoth taters off of helpless little kids.
Check out this gem of a video that the 25-year-old tweeted out on Monday night:
That poor whippersnapper served that pitch up on a platter along with a note that said, "Please annihilate me." Hopkins obliged. That ball is probably still going.
Next time, the youngsters should skip over baseball and propose a game of hide and seek instead. And the pitcher should spearhead that proposal.
Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.
The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.
The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:
Heart eyes pic.twitter.com/4OH98wLhhB— Kaysav✨ (@kaylaaa_x333) August 27, 2016
"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"
Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch.