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.