Redskins Bring Back Chris Cooley

Chris Cooley returns to the Redskins

10/22/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Aug 25, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley  during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIREJohn Keim of the Washington Examiner has reported that the Washington Redskins finalized a deal with their former tight end Chris Cooley on Monday. This signing comes in the wake of a season ending Achilles' injury to tight end and leading receiver Fred Davis, who the Redskins used their franchise tag on this past offseason. Stuck with only Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen - who have combined for a whopping 24 career catches - as their only in-house replacements, it was an easy decision for the Redskins to look to free agency for a new tight end.

Cooley knows the Redskins offense, having played for the team every year since 2004, and he is just about fully recovered from the knee injury that played a part in his release a few months ago. Cooley was the obvious addition for the Redskins, with available free agents highlighted by Visanthe Shiancoe and Jeremy Shockey.

In his eight seasons playing for the Redskins, Cooley has racked up the fifth most catches in franchise history, along with the 9th most receiving yards and 10th most receiving touchdowns. The best way to describe Cooley in his prime would be to say he's reliable, as a good route runner with great hands who is always available for an easy check-down.

Cooley's most recent season with the Redskins was a disappointment, catching only eight passes in five games, but he was limited by knee and finger injuries that ultimately landed him on the injured reserve, and he was also held back by the emergence of Fred Davis. With Davis now out of the picture, expect Cooley to emerge out of this trio of tight ends as the starter and earn the trust of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Cooley's strengths, unlike speed and agility, are not the type of skills that diminish quickly with age. At 30 years old, Cooley should have plenty to offer the Redskins if he is truly healthy.
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10/22/12   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

I am thrilled Cooley is back. I love this guy.  I hope he stays healthy!