Chris Cooley Cut; Options Could Include Jets, Dolphins, Cowboys, Return to Redskins


With the first game of the final preseason week tomorrow, and the start of the regular season a week from tomorrow, a 2007 and 2008 Pro Bowl tight end, Chris Cooley, is now on the market after being cut by the Washington Redskins.

Before we get to his statement, let’s look at his options.

Based on his statement, it’s very possible he wants to agree to return to the Redskins. Of course, there he would likely play a bit of second fiddle to Fred Davis. Robert Griffin III’s tweet makes it seem like “farewell”: “He helped me get comfortable with this team & this offense. He is a legend in my mind and will be missed. Thank You Chris Cooley”. UPDATE! He’s signed with an agent, David Dunn.

The same would happen with the Jets, where Dustin Keller is one of Sanchez’s only trusted targets in the pass game. They don’t have much depth there, though, and may be interested in running 2-TE sets (while Washington may prefer having Davis, a back and Garçon-Moss-Morgan/Hankerson on the field in passing situations).

The Cowboys could be a very intriguing possibility, as Witten will miss probably the first game of the season. Here he would be on a team that is ready to win now. He would have a chance to stick it to the Redskins twice a year, too. Then again, of course, he hates the Cowboys.

Maybe the place where he’d be most welcome is the Dolphins. They’ve been looking for a tight end to grab the reins and make a difference. Cooley is big on blogging and took part in weekly interviews on Washington sports radio, so maybe he’s too fun for Philbin.

His tearful press conference:

Statement from Cooley:
“I’ve been very fortunate to play for a franchise and for a fan base that has embraced me the way that they have.
…This organization has changed my life in every way for the better. I’ve loved every minute of playing here.
…It would be a tough decision for me to put on another jersey. It’s something that I’ve never had to imagine.
…I have every belief that I can be, not only a productive player but a starter in this league. I’m very confident.
…There’s really no hard feelings…Since Bruce and Mike have been here I’ve trusted everything that they’ve done.”

I will say this about Cooley: While I don’t really identify with his personality, he’s very smart and could have a future in broadcasting. That said, I don’t think he wants his career to end on a 5-game, 8-reception, 65 yards receiving season with 2 carries for 3 yards (he also missed 9 games in 2009).

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