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Chris Cooley | Tight End

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 243
College: Utah State

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Longtime Redskins TE Chris Cooley is retiring from football.
Cooley will join the Redskins' radio booth after spending his entire nine-year career with the team. A two-time Pro Bowler, Cooley retires with 429 catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns across 116 career games. His best season was 2008, where he turned in an 83/849/1 line. Cooley is only 31, but caught just nine passes across 13 games the past two seasons. He goes down as one of the better pass-catchers in Redskins history. Tue, Jul 16, 2013 01:38:00 PM

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The Washington Post says it appears the Redskins have moved on from free agent TE Chris Cooley.

As of last month, Cooley hadn't heard from the Redskins. They also gave rookie RB Jawan Jamison his No. 47 jersey. Cooley was on the street last season until Fred Davis popped his Achilles' tendon in Week 7.
Tue, May 14, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Free agent Chris Cooley has yet to hear from the Redskins, but isn't interested in playing for other teams.

"I have no clue (if I'll be back), but you can ask (GM) Bruce Allen or (coach) Mike Shanahan," Cooley said Tuesday. Allen said in March that Cooley was drawing interest from other teams, but it's apparently not reciprocal. The most likely scenario could be a repeat of 2012, where Cooley remained on the street until a need arose for the Redskins.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 06:24:00 PM

Redskins GM Bruce Allen says free agent Chris Cooley is drawing interest from other teams.

"He might decide to play for another team," Allen said. Cooley could "eventually" re-sign with the Redskins, but Allen is unsure of when. Just about out of gas, Cooley's primary selling point could be veteran leadership in training camp.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 08:12:00 PM

Free agent TE Chris Cooley does not have plans to retire.

Cooley latched on with the Redskins for the final eight games of last season, but caught just one pass in a bit role. His tank is just about on empty at age 30, but he doesn't want to hang it up. "We'll see what happens in the spring," he said. "There's always that situation of staying in good shape and being a guy that's around sometime halfway through the year. I've known a lot of guys that have done it."
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 01:36:00 PM

According to the Washington Examiner, it's "hard to imagine" the Redskins re-signing free agent Chris Cooley.

Cooley played just 93 snaps after re-signing in Week 8, and appeared to be on his last legs. It wouldn't be surprising if Cooley opts to retire as opposed to peddling his wares on the open market.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Chris Cooley has not caught a pass since the Redskins re-signed him prior to Week 8.

Logan Paulsen is Washington's every-down tight end, and Cooley is the third-stringer behind Paulsen and Niles Paul. "I’m excited to be here," Cooley insisted. "I’m excited to have a chance to play if that chance comes." The 30-year-old tight end played only three snaps of offense on Thanksgiving Day.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 04:10:00 PM

Chris Cooley played on just 10 snaps in the Week 9 loss to the Panthers.

Cooley hasn't had an impact since getting re-signed prior to Week 8. He's played a total of 29 snaps in two games and has no catches on two targets. The Redskins are leaning heavily on Logan Paulsen, who has played on 135 of a possible 140 snaps over the last two weeks.
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 10:04:00 AM

Chris Cooley had no catches on one target while making his 2012 debut in Sunday's Week 8 loss to the Steelers.

Cooley was on the field in two-tight end sets, but Logan Paulsen was the man when the Redskins went with one tight end. Cooley spent most of his time blocking and is far off the fantasy radar.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 09:42:00 AM

Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan indicated Chris Cooley will not replace Fred Davis in the starting lineup.

The plan is to use a combination of Cooley, Logan Paulsen, and Niles Paul, depending on personnel packages. According to the Washington Examiner, Cooley "clearly had lost a step" before the Redskins cut him in September. He's not a recommended waiver pickup this week and will likely be outproduced by Paulsen, whom Shanahan says is a "legit tight end now."
Thu, Oct 25, 2012 03:37:00 PM

Redskins re-signed TE Chris Cooley.

With Fred Davis (Achilles') done for the season, it's a no-brainer move for the Redskins. Cooley's knee should be close to 100 percent and the long-time Redskin can step right into Mike Shanahan's scheme. But he'll rotate with Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul, sending the entire Redskins' tight end spot into a fantasy black hole. Cooley, now 30 with sapped athleticism, hasn't caught more than four balls in a game since 2010.
Mon, Oct 22, 2012 11:08:00 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms the Redskins have "reached out" to free agent TE Chris Cooley in the wake of Fred Davis' season-ending injury, and will likely finalize a deal "shortly."

The Washington Post reports the signing will become official following a Monday physical. It makes perfect sense, as Cooley is well-versed in coach Mike Shanahan's offense, and has had two extra months to heal up coming off his injury-marred 2011. It's extremely unlikely Cooley re-emerges as a factor in fantasy leagues, but he shouldn't need more than a few days to get up to speed on the offense, and will likely be ready to play by next Sunday.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 09:23:00 PM

The Washington Times suggests the Redskins re-sign free agent TE Chris Cooley to replace Fred Davis.

Cooley has received several minimum-salary contract offers to sign with teams since his August 28 release by the Redskins, but has been holding out for a chance to start. The Redskins could give him that opportunity in the wake of Davis' torn left Achilles' tendon. Cooley is still a relatively young 30 years old, but his speed has been sapped by recurring knee problems.
Sun, Oct 21, 2012 07:47:00 PM

Free agent Chris Cooley has turned down several offers to serve as a backup on a minimum salary.

One of the teams that expressed interest was the Patriots, but they opted for Kellen Winslow instead. Cooley wants a shot to start if he signs with another team, although he would be willing to return to the Redskins in the event of an injury to Fred Davis or Niles Paul.
Thu, Sep 20, 2012 03:23:00 PM

Free agent TE Chris Cooley's return "does not appear imminent" after a Thursday meeting with Redskins GM Bruce Allen.

Coach Mike Shanahan indicated that the Redskins will keep Cooley on speed dial in case one of their tight ends goes down. "It was a good conversation," Shanahan said. "Chris is such a big part of this organization. He’s looked at his options. We talked about things that could happen throughout the year."
Fri, Sep 14, 2012 03:37:00 PM

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