Chris Cooley hangs up the cleats after 9 seasons
"I'll always be a part of the Redskins," said Cooley, who was no longer under contract with the team. "I'm not a part of the current roster right now but I'm part of this community because they embraced me so much as a player."
Cooley essentially told reporters that he was unwilling to play for any franchise aside from the Redskins, which is surely a large part of the reason he has decided to retire after the Redskins decided to move on from their long-time tight end. Cooley was reportedly getting interest from other teams, but the interest was never mutual - Cooley has nothing but Redskin blood pumping through his veins.
The retirement also comes on the heels of two seasons in which Cooley caught a combined nine catches for 73 yards over 13 games (seven starts). Injuries caught up with the 31-year-old, and he simply wasn't nearly as effective as he was in the past.
However, Cooley does finish with the fifth most receptions in Redskins history and the ninth most receiving yards in only nine seasons. He was one of the most efficient pass catchers in franchise history, and Redskins fans are sure to remember him as that.
His best season came in 2008 - his second consecutive Pro Bowl campaign - when he caught 83 passes for 849 yards.
Cooley's post-football career will appropriately begin in the Redskins' radio booth.