General Manager Bruce Allen had a conversation with Chris Cooley on Thursday but the Redskins are not close to re-signing the former tight end, according to Coach Mike Shanahan.Allen first broached the possibility of bringing back the fan favorite during a speaking engagement at the National Press Club last week. Cooley announced that he had been released during an unexpected and tear-filled announcement at Redskins Park on August 28.I didnt talk to Chris, Shanahan said after practice on Friday. But Bruce had a chance to talk to him a little bit yesterday. It was a good conversation. Chris has been such a big part of this organization. Hes looked at his options.Shanahan said Cooley still wants to be a starter in the NFL and seems content to wait for that opportunity.We talked about things that could possibly happen throughout the year, Shanahan added. But if he did go to another team, it would to be as a starter. If he doesnt have that opportunity, I think hes going to just sit back and evaluate as time goes on. But hes not going to make any decisions quickly.An injury to Redskins starting tight end Fred Davis or fullback Darrel Young could open that door for Cooley, who lives in Leesburg, Va.Theres a good conversation but Im not going to go through our conversation and all the different scenarios, Shanahan said. He means to this organization and right now he would like to come back as a starter if someone goes down."
Ryan Kerrigan joined CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay on Thursday evening to take your questions on Facebook Live, presented by Paisano's Pizza.
What did they get to? Here's a sampling of the questions:
- Does some deep-down part of him wish Robert Griffin III were playing this week when Cleveland comes to town?
- If the Redskins defense were a pizza topping, which would they be?
- Who is the hardest running back to take down?
- How did he get the idea for his sack dance?
That, plus many more, were answered in the nearly 25-minute conversation. Watch it all in the video player below:
An explosive talent with a long-record of off-field issues, Browns receiver Josh Gordon announced Thursday that he will head for rehab.
Gordon missed the entire 2015 season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, but when he has played, he has produced. In 14 starts during the 2013 season Gordon caught 87 balls for more than 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns.
A teammate of Robert Griffin III's at Baylor, some in Cleveland hoped that reuniting the QB and WR would bring back their college fireworks. That plan faded first when Griffin got injured Week 1, and while Gordon is still suspended, some hope remained that the two could connect later in the season. For now, it seems that plan will not work.
Without the decision to enter a rehab facility, Gordon would have missed the Redskins game this Sunday due to suspension.