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Mike Shanahan says Chris Cooley is feeling great

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Tight end Chris Cooley’s future with the Redskins is in some doubt thanks to his salary and the knee injury that caused him to miss 11 games last season.

Coach Mike Shanahan is still talking about Cooley as if he’s got a future with the organization, however. Shanahan said Wednesday that he had just spoken to Cooley and that the tight end is feeling as good as he has in a couple of years.

“Chris Cooley right now is feeling great,” Shanahan said, via Zac Boyer of the Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star. “The knee is feeling great. His weight is down. “There’s been no swelling, so hopefully he is full speed once we get started with our OTA days and you know, he can stay injury-free.”

That all sounds positive, but Cooley’s future with the team is still uncertain. He’s set to make $3.8 million this season, a big number for a player who isn’t the team’s top tight end any longer. He could take a pay cut to ensure he remains in Washington, but anything less than that will likely leave him in a precarious state.

The team has Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Richard Quinn at tight end and they have been transitioning Niles Paul from wide receiver. That group would only benefit from a healthy Cooley and, for now, it seems the Redskins are still hoping they have one.

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32 Responses to “Mike Shanahan says Chris Cooley is feeling great”
  1. drop703 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:07 PM

    Sounds like someone trying to boost Cooley’s value just in time for the draft.

  2. waltdawg says: Apr 25, 2012 6:19 PM

    Yep….Cooley’s jets have cooled….He just might have seen his last days on the SKINS…Ever since that pitiful Monday night game with the bleach blond hair, he has never been the same. We will miss you Cpt. Chaos….Another Skins jersey I have to sell….RG3 should replace it nicely. Nike time.

  3. mojosmagic says: Apr 25, 2012 6:20 PM

    Best shape of his life.

  4. nineroutsider says: Apr 25, 2012 6:21 PM

    Skins fans are about to tell us how he’s the greatest TE and Redskin they’ve ever known.

  5. k0mbucha says: Apr 25, 2012 6:30 PM

    drop703—->Sounds like someone trying to boost Cooley’s value just in time for the draft.
    ______________________________

    A 30+ yr old TE that has been injured the past couple years has zero trade value.

  6. brj1212 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:31 PM

    He’s the greatest TE and Redskins we’ve ever known!

  7. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Apr 25, 2012 6:34 PM

    Damn… Shanny just gave Cooley the kiss of death. Probaby will be gone by Friday.

  8. clw1906 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:43 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Apr 25, 2012 6:21 PM
    Skins fans are about to tell us how he’s the greatest TE and Redskin they’ve ever known.

    Usually when a fan from another team comments negatively on someone else’s team on a blog they are undoubtedly a TROLL. No need to think otherwise here I would say you are a TROLL 100%!

  9. cdrion21 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:48 PM

    @nineroutsider
    well he does own pretty much every receiving record for a TE in franchise history so to say he is one of the greatest redskins of all time would be a pretty valid argument….. stupid skins fans using stuff like stats and facts to back up their argument………dumbass

  10. mattyk72 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:09 PM

    The reports of Cooley’s demise are greatly exaggerated.

  11. footballfanman says: Apr 25, 2012 7:34 PM

    I think Shanahan knows Cooley is a big part of the locker room and an all out stud, he’ll keep him.

  12. manilarizzo says: Apr 25, 2012 7:47 PM

    i think MOST skins fans will tell you they loved him as a true redskin…

    if he’s back and healthy, perfect….he’d be a great fit at #2 to FD and an insurance policy in case Fred grabs the bong.

    If he’s not 100%, then it’s been a fun ride Capt. Chaos.

  13. nineroutsider says: Apr 25, 2012 7:49 PM

    @clw1906 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:43 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Apr 25, 2012 6:21 PM
    Skins fans are about to tell us how he’s the greatest TE and Redskin they’ve ever known.

    Usually when a fan from another team comments negatively on someone else’s team on a blog they are undoubtedly a TROLL. No need to think otherwise here I would say you are a TROLL 100%!
    ——————————————
    I actually have a lot of respect for Skin fans…you guys don’t beat up your team much, which is my point here (if you dig really deep). The 9ers sucked for 8 years before last season. Teams go through it so I understood, but by 2008 I was a mushroom cloud laying mofo on everything 9ers ( still went to games I was just super down on everything they did), so for more Skins fans not to do that given their struggles…it impresses me, but I hate to admit it. Solid group of fans.

  14. chadgoy says: Apr 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    CLW1906: Troll? Who are you, Charlie Sheen? Typical Redskin fan. (Lemme guess, you’re going to counter with hater or maybe troll again) Can’t wait to see your team still stink, even after RGLeaf goes crazy from all the discipline from his daddy. (You think maybe deep down he has issues???)

  15. stunzeed5 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:14 PM

    @chadgoy

    When I see someone use “RGLeaf” in their post, I know I’m dealing with someone who is intellectually deficient; maybe a little slow. It means they have QUIT, have nothing of VALUE to add, and are unprepared to match wits. They are unarmed and harmless. They are someone who doesn’t have the football acumen to break down the x’s and o’s of a QB’s ability. Usually it’s a teenager who reverts to cute little nicknames like “RGLeaf” because they hope they will get a chuckle from someone who is equal to them in brain-power. Basically, they are someone who is pathetic, doesn’t belong here, and should be busy preparing for their upcoming WNBA fantasy league draft. You see, RGIII has already accomplished more than Ryan Leaf without even stepping onto an NFL field. He was born a winner; bred from United States Army SNCO’s who instilled discipline and confidence in him. The Redskins are lucky to have him.

  16. mdc21787 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:24 PM

    Since getting rid of Mike Sellers, they opened up an extra roster spot. I see Niles Paul as a 2nd TE/H-Back Delanie Walker (of the 49ers) type role (some WR, some TE). Obviously Davis is the starter, and Cooley will be a more ‘situational’ player as opposed to an everydown TE. They’ll get rid of Paulson or Quinn while retaining the other on the practice squad as injury insurance (Cooley’s knee, Nile Paul plays very hard).

    I really liked how Gibbs used Cooley his first couple of years, as that traditional H-Back and was delighted to see him line up in the backfield a couple of times last year. Cooley in the flat, Davis streaking downfield, and Paul finding zones underneath is going to be dangerous.

  17. jwreck says: Apr 25, 2012 8:27 PM

    mattyk72 seems to be the only one who has a real grasp on the issue. Cooley is not leaving DC. Has no one seen or heard his interviews on the radio or CSN? Cooley has stated repeatedly over his last two injury plagued seasons that he is a Redskin for life and will never play for another team. He also offered to reduce his salary to veteran minimum if necessary to stay on the team. Even when his playing days are unquestionably over (hopefully he still has two or three years in the tank) he will be with the Redskins in some kind of position coach or advisory capacity.

    Additionally, waltdawg, why would you get rid of your Cooley jersey if he’s no longer with the team? I can understand ditching a Landry or a Rogers (not like anyone ever owned one of those anyway), not to mention McNabb and Haynesworth, but Cooley was a Redskin through and through and the one bright spot in a decade that had only one bright spot.

  18. hailvictory10 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:28 PM

    “I’m about 2 days away from being in the best shape of my life” Kenny Powers

  19. mrguygadbois says: Apr 25, 2012 8:34 PM

    At this point, Shanny would be better off luring Shannon Sharpe out of retirement to play TE. Cooley was solid, but he’s a mess now.

  20. baywatchboy says: Apr 25, 2012 8:41 PM

    They have to keep Cooley. Davis is one puff away from a year long suspension. They’ll redo his contract.

  21. capitaloffense says: Apr 25, 2012 8:43 PM

    I would argue that Cooley is a better player than Davis.

    Explosiveness = Davis for sure

    Speed = Davis for sure

    Route Running = Cooley for sure

    Getting Open = Cooley

    Hands = Cooley for sure

    Blocking = Cooley for sure (probably the most important job for a team lacking depth at OL, how much can you effect the game when they CAN’T get you the ball?)

    YAC = Davis barely (Cooley lumbers but he’s better at the other YAC, yards after contact).

    Football IQ = Cooley by light years.

    Common Sense = Cooley by far (Davis gets caught FIVE times for blazing the chronic. Nothing against chronic at all, but five times dude? With the money you make you can buy all the wacky tabacky you want and smoke your whole life away after retirement.)

    Personally, I think all Davis REALLY has on Cooley is youth. Cooley and Davis have DIFFERENT skill sets. However I think Cooley is the better all-around TE if health is not a concern. Cooley was injured without question and that plays apart. I really think Davis excelled because Grossman just preferred him as a target. I really have nothing against Davis and believe he can be as great for us as Cooley if he focuses. If healthy, I think Cooley should start. Just one man’s opinion.

  22. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:57 PM

    Cooooooooooooley! He’s a Redskin at heart and always will be. You’ll never question his heart and passion. He never takes off a play and gives 110%. Hail to the Redskins and Hail to Chris Cooley! Hope he has a strong return.

  23. footballfanman says: Apr 25, 2012 8:57 PM

    Has Davis ever had a season as good as a few of Cooley’s? No. People say Davis is better but he’s never proven it. Cooley has been hurt the last two seasons, but if he’s 100% then I see him as better than Davis.

  24. chadgoy says: Apr 25, 2012 9:30 PM

    STUNZEED5: Wow, at how u and others like u react to a simple “RGLeaf” in a statement. I use RGLeaf not because it’s cool sounding or whatever u think, but because I think he is going to tank in the NFL. Raised by military parents with all these things instilled in him, wait til he gets his money & goes on the painkillers from the beating his Oline will let him take. You got all these GREAT? receivers, and forgot about the Oline. Shanahan is an idiot. Moved up 4 spots for 3 1sts and a 2nd….HAHAHAHA….

  25. barrstarr says: Apr 25, 2012 9:32 PM

    Last time I checked they were using Cooley in an H-back role and lining him up in the back field putting he and Fred on the field at the same time. Stick to the facts children.

  26. shempnet says: Apr 25, 2012 9:36 PM

    Heard Cooley is recovering nicely after that wiener transplant. Traded in that mushroom cap for something that a baby might be proud of.

  27. Matt says: Apr 25, 2012 10:11 PM

    No value trying to shop him, so they’ll cut him eventually and he’ll fly to Oakland for a contract and a starting job.

  28. gnomad says: Apr 25, 2012 10:51 PM

    Add me to the Cooley cool aid club. If healthy, he will probably beat out davis for #1 spot (again). It turns out, knowing how to block and run the right route are important.

    They have different skill sets indeed and make a nice complimentary pair.

  29. skin94249 says: Apr 25, 2012 11:48 PM

    Listen guys, some of you are to young to know this but Cooley is a long way from being the best TE ever for the Skins. Now then let an older fella break it down for you: #1, Jerry Smith, #2 Donnie Warren, #3 Clint Didier, #4 Doc Walker, #5 Jean Fugett, #6 Terry Orr, #7 Chris Cooley. After all is said and done Fred Davis has the POTENTIAL to move up to the #4 spot but that is it. In case you are saying who is Jerry Smith, he was THEE first pas catching TE in the entire league. When Charley Taylor was #1, Bobby Mitchell was #2, Jerry Smith was #4 in receptions in the National Football League. At the time of his retirement he had more receptions then any other TE in league history. the only reason you don’t hear about him is because he led an alternitive lifestyle which was tabu in his day !

  30. aoc57 says: Apr 26, 2012 12:38 AM

    chadgoy says:Apr 25, 2012 9:30 PM

    STUNZEED5: Wow, at how u and others like u react to a simple “RGLeaf” in a statement. I use RGLeaf not because it’s cool sounding or whatever u think, but because I think he is going to tank in the NFL. Raised by military parents with all these things instilled in him, wait til he gets his money & goes on the painkillers from the beating his Oline will let him take. You got all these GREAT? receivers, and forgot about the Oline. Shanahan is an idiot. Moved up 4 spots for 3 1sts and a 2nd….HAHAHAHA….
    ——————————————————-

    You are a moron. The Giants gave up a bounty at the time for Eli. The Skins just gave up their bounty for RG3..in the future another team will give up more for their Franchise QB. Stick to what you know, go bake me some cookies.

  31. cdrion21 says: Apr 26, 2012 1:20 AM

    @chadgoy
    the issue isn’t referring to rg3 as rgleaf, its doin it without an intelligent arguement on why. i grew up in a military family and joined myself at 18 and been serving proudly for 8 years now so i know both sides of the coin. if anything the displine his father thought him will make him more successful. if he was goin to cut loose and go wild he would of done it 18 when he walked on to campus as the big dog. you think the money is goin to change him??? why him and not luck??? is that a bit of racism i see in you??? you of course are entitled to your opinion and are aloud to make any judgement you want cause truth be told no one will no for sure on either qb for a couple seasons. no one is 100% lock not even luck, skins fans are just excited about the prospect of what could be. i personally am rooting for both kids!!! httr

  32. baywatchboy says: Apr 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    @skin94249

    You put Cooley behind Orr? I don’t think so. Yes, Jerry Smith is the man. You’ll get zero argument from me on that. Donnie Warren was like having an extra tackle on the field, but was not much of a pass catcher. Didier was the original H-Back and lined up as WR to cause matchup difficulty for opponents, but I do not think he was better than Cooley. Doc Walker was the product of playing with The Hogs and while Jean Fugett was an average player. The only players from your list that made the 70 Greatest Redskins were Smith and Warren. The reason Cooley isn’t on the list is because he hadn’t played for the team yet. He would make it now though. Using the players you mentioned, the list should look like this:
    1. Smith
    2. Cooley
    3. Warren
    4. Didier
    5. Fugett
    6. Walker
    7. Orr

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