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Report: Redskins expected to sign TE Chris Cooley

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Report: Redskins expected to sign TE Chris Cooley

With the news that Fred Davis is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, fans immediately started to ask about a possible return of Chris Cooley.

It now seems like that possibility could become a reality. NFL Insider, Jason La Canfora tweeted that the Redskins are in discussion to re-sign tight end Chris Cooley, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, and a deal is expected shortly.

A short time later, Dan Hellie anchor for NBC4 in Washington, tweeted, "Just talked to Cooley...contract being ironed out. He will rejoin the team tomorrow and The Cooley Report will continue on Mondays on NBC4."

Cooley, 30, spent eight seasons with the Redskins before the released him in late August. He left as the all-time franchise leader in career receptions with 428.

For his first five and a half years in the NFL, Cooley was as durable as they came, never even missing so much as a practice. After playing in 87 straight games, however, he suffered a broken foot and missed the last nine games of the 2009 season. Then, after playing all 16 games in 2010, Cooley missed the last 11 games of 2011 with a broken hand and a knee problem that just wouldn’t go away.

Durability is one of the reasons the Redskins may not choose to call Cooley. There also was concern that he may have lost too much speed to be effective on offense.

But a Cooley return would be a popular move with the rest of the team. Tight end Logan Paulsen, who seemed to gain the most snaps with Davis out said that he would love for Cooley to return. “He’s a great teammate, he knows the system,” said Paulsen.

Knowing the system is another factor that might work in Cooley’s favor. There are just nine games left in the season and the faster a replacement can get up to speed the better.

It appears that Cooley would be open to returning to the Redskins. “I want to play here, but I don’t know if anything will happen with that,” he told the Washington Post last month.

He lives in Leesburg and he said that, although he has had some offers to sign with other teams, he really wasn’t interesting in moving.

He also told the Post that he was not interested in playing for the minimum NFL salary, which would be $835,000 for an eight-year veteran, pro-rated for the remainder of the season. It was not clear if he would make an exception to that to play for the Redskins, who are tight against the salary cap.

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With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

It seems likely the Redskins stand to lose one or both of receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon in free agency. That could mean more than 2,000 yards receiving exiting the offense, a significant blow.

Could Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery come to Washington and cushion the blow?

Multiple reports say that Chicago will not put the franchise tag on Jeffery, which means the 6-foot-4 receiver will hit the open market when free agency opens in a little more than a week. Coming off consectuive injury-marred seasons, still expect the market to be ripe for the former South Carolina star.

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A five-year veteran that will turn 28 in August, Jeffery posted more than 2,500 receiving yards in the 2013 and 2014 seasons to go with 17 touchdowns. An extremely gifted red zone receiver, Jeffery is one of the best in the league at high-pointing the football and coming down with circus catches. His last two seasons, however, the Bears wideout only played in 21 of 32 games and his numbers dipped dramatically: just over 1,600 yards and six TDs combined.

Though Washington will likely lose at least one of Garçon or Jackson, and very possibly both, that does not necessarily make Jeffery a prime target. 

Expect cost to be a major factor as the Chicago receiver will likely command the top free agent payout at the position. And his recent injury history could be a factor as well. 

Further, the Redskins must believe they have a No. 1 receiver already in house in Josh Doctson. The No. 22 overall pick in 2016, Doctson hardly played as a rookie due to an Achilles injury but appears to be progressing well in his rehab. At 6-foot-2 and extremely athletic, Doctson was drafted to be a prime red zone target with the ability to go up and get TDs.

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Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Could likely free agent Dontari Poe be the Redskins' answer at nose tackle?

Many Redskins fans have been keeping a close eye on the Chiefs all offseason. Kansas City has two pending free agents in positions that are of great need to Washington. Fans have been watching since January to see what the Chiefs would do with safety Eric Berry and defensive lineman Dontari Poe. They may have their answer.

The organization’s hope was that they could sign one and use the franchise tag on the other. But with the deadline for the tag two days from now and with free agency starting in 10 days, it appears that plan is not going to happen. They are forced to decide and per Ed Werder of ESPN they are going to tag Berry and let Poe test free agency.

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Poe is a load at 6-3, 348. His impact is hard to measure in numbers; he has just 13 sacks in his five NFL seasons including two in the last two years. The Chiefs first-round pick out of Memphis in the 2012 draft has forced two fumbles and recovered one. But he is exactly what a defense like the Redskins’ 4-3 scheme needs in the middle to eat up double teams and keep blockers off the linebackers. They would go from having had no credible nose tackle in the seven seasons they have been in the 3-4 base defense to having one who at age 26 is of the very best in the league.

The problem with acquiring the best in the business is that you must pay top dollar. The contracts signed by Marcell Dareus of the Bills, a six-year deal with an average annual value of $15.8 million and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles, who signed a six-year extension with an AAV of $17.1, will be used as guidelines for a Poe free agent deal.

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The Redskins possibly could make that work but it would be a stretch. They already have a top-heavy salary structure with their top three players taking up 35 percent of the salary cap. Another cap hit in the $15 million range would put them in a precarious spot.

It seems unlikely that the Redskins will be real players in the Poe sweepstakes but given that he would be a perfect solution to a long-standing problem area it’s worth keeping an eye on the situation.

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