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Should Redskins have cut Cooley earlier?

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After he was abruptly cut by the Redskins on Tuesday, tight end Chris Cooley took the high road.  By waiting until late August to sever ties, the Redskins arguably took the low road.

That was the sentiment espoused by former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington on Tuesday afternoon, when I joined LaVar and Chad Dukes for a segment about the situation on their D.C. radio show.  And that was the topic of the opening chunk of Wednesday’s PFT Live.

Yes, it makes business sense to unveil a take-a-pay-cut-or-take-a-hike ultimatum as long as possible, since the player will be far less likely to get more money than what the team is offering elsewhere.  No, it’s not necessarily the best way to treat a valued employee.

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22 Responses to “Should Redskins have cut Cooley earlier?”
  1. rootintootinnootin says: Aug 29, 2012 6:10 PM

    I thought it’s been well known since last season that the Skins would likely sever ties with Cooley.

    He must have known the ax was going to drop at some point before the season. I mean, his salary wasn’t exactly commensurate with his work load.

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 29, 2012 6:35 PM

    LaVar is the worst guy to ask or talk to about this type of stuff. The Redskins did what any smart franchise would…they gave him a shot and evaluated his current abilty and determined he’s not better than the guys in front of him on the depth chart. Everyone crying about loyalty etc…clearly don’t have the best interest for the front of the jersey.

  3. dealer009 says: Aug 29, 2012 6:38 PM

    His agent had passed away so he didn’t have someone advising him like normal.

  4. source7769 says: Aug 29, 2012 6:43 PM

    the point is they waited until teams basically have the rosters set and then cut him knowing he wasnt getting anything more than they were offering him to be a backup instead of letting him catch on with a team earlier just another dirty move by a team that has to overpay guys to play there

  5. getyourownname says: Aug 29, 2012 6:44 PM

    Their other candidates include a guy who is one bust away from a season-long suspension, and an untried rookie.

    Let me know when the rocket science part of the equation about whether to cut earlier your only other known commodity, who probably isn’t good enough to start but was still a reliable and known commodity, kicks in.

  6. cannonballdookie says: Aug 29, 2012 6:52 PM

    Some teams handle their players situations with class while others could care less. Snyder and Shanahan fall in the latter half. Shanny will bury the guy down the depth chart and refuse to play him then cut him at the worst possible time so no one else can use him either. Not surprising to me.

  7. gorilladunk says: Aug 29, 2012 6:53 PM

    The ‘Skins did nothing wrong. If Davis blew an ACL during camp, Cooley would have probably stayed. They waited until they felt relatively safe at the TE position and watched Cooley in camp and then made their decision. It happens and it’s part of the business. As Hyman Roth said…”it’s the business we have chosen!” And sometimes it rough.

  8. k0mbucha says: Aug 29, 2012 6:53 PM

    rootintootinnootin says: Aug 29, 2012 6:10 PM

    I thought it’s been well known since last season that the Skins would likely sever ties with Cooley.

    He must have known the ax was going to drop at some point before the season. I mean, his salary wasn’t exactly commensurate with his work load.
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    Exactly! I mean seriously Cooley has been on the decline the past 3yrs. When did Lavar Arrington become the voice of reason? His opinionated one sided diatribe’s filled with hate has become a tired act in the Wash DC area and anyone that uses his uninformed comments as gospel is truly out of touch and/or just attempting to stir the pot even more such as this article.

    I love Cooley as much as the next real Redskins fan but there won’t be a long line of teams looking to sign an old TE that has lost several steps and hasn’t played a full season since 2009

  9. wethog66 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:03 PM

    Based on his comments during his press conference Cooley doesn’t think so. So what is there to discuss?

  10. irishjackmp says: Aug 29, 2012 7:07 PM

    source7769 says:
    Aug 29, 2012 6:43 PM
    the point is they waited until teams basically have the rosters set and then cut him knowing he wasnt getting anything more than they were offering him to be a backup instead of letting him catch on with a team earlier just another dirty move by a team that has to overpay guys to play there

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    (Sigh)

    This is a completely idiotic post. I am not a Redskins fan but they did nothing wrong here. Football is a dangerous sport and injuries happen. Had you ever stopped to consider what would have happened if they had cut Cooley in the offseason or earlier in camp and Fred Davis wound up tearing an ACL in the interim??? You would have been one of those guys calling talk radio ripping the team for not keeping him around longer.

    It’s not the Redskins job to do what is in the best interests of Chris Cooley… that’s his agents job. It’s the Redskins job to do what is in the best interests of the Redskins. And waiting as long as possible to ensure there were no unforseen injuries to Davis was clearly in the best interests of the team. It’s not like the kept him until the last minute to stick it to him.

    As for “waiting until other teams rosters are set to cut him”, this is also a rediculous argument. Football is not baseball… there are no guaranteed contracts. As soon as Cooley was cut, GM’s around the league started looking at preseason game film of him to see if he had anything left. If they think he does, they will cut one of their own tight ends and sign Cooley.

    The team did what was in the best interest of the organization and did nothing wrong here. They have paid the guy nearly $30million dollars. He’s not a victim here.

  11. dannyglover21 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:37 PM

    They could have waited until Friday to do it, there’s no argument to be made here. Lavar is terrible in any form of media and needs to let go of the grudge. This guy’s career highlights consist of giving Troy Aikman and Shaun Alexander nasty concussions. Dan Synder is not the reason his career was a disappointment. I mean c’mon Lavar even defended Sandusky and Joe Pa. What a jabronie.

  12. kaakwha says: Aug 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    A classless move by a classless organization led by a classless owner. It does not surprise me at all that they would do this to one of their most loyal players over the past few years.

  13. redskinsguy77 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    What exactly would the Redskins have lost had they cut Cooley earlier? While I get the sentiment that he wasn’t going to have a role worthy of the 3.8 million dollar salary he was due, I just dont understand why, if they really don’t want him, they wouldn’t give him the opportunity to play for a team that would want him? He has certainly earned respect enough to be treated fairly even if he didn’t have a spot on this team.

  14. mattyk72 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:54 PM

    Maybe they gave Cooley a chance to win a spot and he simply didn’t get it done? That’s life in the NFL.

    If they would have cut him in June would smart would it have looked if Davis blew out a knee in camp?

    I’d take LaVar’s opinion with a grain of salt on this type of issue. He clearly has an axe to grind with the Skins since his bonus snafu where he signed off on a deal his agent didn’t bother to read.

  15. mattyk72 says: Aug 29, 2012 7:56 PM

    Maybe they gave Cooley a chance to win a spot and he simply didn’t get it done? That’s life in the NFL.

    If they would have cut him in June how smart would it have looked if Davis blew out a knee in camp?

    I’d take LaVar’s opinion with a grain of salt on this type of issue. He clearly has an axe to grind with the Skins since his bonus snafu where he signed off on a deal his agent didn’t bother to read.

  16. gibbskins9 says: Aug 29, 2012 8:07 PM

    Classic Shanahan classless move

  17. fruitcovejag says: Aug 29, 2012 8:53 PM

    Cut Marcedes “Two left hands” Lewis (he’s such a great blocker) and sign Chris now Gene! Let’s get Chris on the the train.

  18. Gordon says: Aug 29, 2012 9:19 PM

    This is why I have no problem when a player holds out for more money. It’s a business on both sides.

  19. flsnupe says: Aug 29, 2012 9:43 PM

    Lavar has raised a question about every player let go by the Skins since Devin Thomas was let go. he is trolling for ratings trying to pile on Snyder. Fact is, they took on risk by having him in camp so long with a possible 6.1 Million salary to pay if he was injured during it. He did not make the team, and they let him go.

    Lavar and Mike Wise are trolling.

  20. skinsfan91 says: Aug 30, 2012 3:30 AM

    Right, they had to allow the maximum time to evaluate his status. Then when they realized they were set, they dropped him. It’s not as if the Redskins haven’t set Cooley up for the rest of his life. The man is set. No tears shed from me. Get with another team, come back with the Skins on a reduced salary, or enjoy retirement. It’s not an issue.

  21. andyb053 says: Aug 30, 2012 7:53 AM

    Posing this as a “low road” move is ridiculous for many reasons….

    1.) Injuries happen in preseason. It would have been stupid to cut someone that had a legit shot at making the team.
    2.) He was outperformed which made him expendable given his salary.
    3.) This is a business and fan-favorites get cut all the time.
    4.) Arrington is sour because of the deal he thinks he got in DC
    5.) Arrington works for a radio station that directly competes with one owned by Snyder. Anyone who listens to that station knows full well that station’s angle is that you want to listen to the station NOT owned by Snyder and thus they have to make a point to be more critical when possible, even if it’s a stretch.

    It may also be worth mentioning that the Redskins acknowledged Cooley as last night’s Skins/Bucs game.

    Frankly, had the Skins kept Cooley simply to be nice to him, I would have significant problems. I think this shows that the decision-makers are willing to do what’s best for the team.

  22. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 30, 2012 11:24 AM

    wrong, wrong, wrong…. the Redskins released him at the perfect time. teams have had all training camp and preseason to evaluate players. it’s time to set the rosters. today you know for sure if you need a tight end to start your season. i believe Cooley will be employed by 6pm tonight. I’m thinking Detroit or K.C. shanahan has given Cooley a chance to show he can also play the fullback and hback positions. for those who claim this is Shanny’s M.O of burying players on the depth chart then cutting them at the last minute i ask that you prove it.

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