Cooley’s options could include a return to the Redskins

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Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley believes he can still play, and he doesn’t seem to be interested in playing for another team.

In the end, he could be right back with the Redskins.

The hint came not long into his press conference.  “Today, for the time being, will be my last day as a Redskin,” Cooley said.

Though it’s unclear whether the Redskins’ decision to cut Cooley was preceded by a request to reduce his base salary of $3.8 million, an important factor was absent from the normal take-a-pay-cut-or-take-a-hike protocol:  Cooley has no agent.

His agent, Gary Wichard, died March 11, 2011, the day the player lockout started.  NFLPA records still list Wichard as Cooley’s agent.

If Cooley had an agent, the agent could have “gauged the market” for Cooley’s services, calling around to see who would be interested and how much they would pay before giving the Redskins an answer.  (Yes, it’s tampering.  And, yes, it happens all the time.)

Since Cooley has no agent, the Redskins had to cut Cooley before he could find out whether and to what extent their offer compares favorably to what other teams would pay.  In the end, with or without an agent, Cooley may realize that the reduced money the Redskins would be willing to pay Cooley is still more than what anyone else would offer — especially with Cooley hitting the market less than two weeks before the start of the 2012 regular season.

Still, Cooley could have options elsewhere, especially with teams copying the Patriots multi-tight-end approach.  His best move would be to quickly hire someone to gather offers so that, in the end, he can decide whether his best move will be to return to the Redskins for a much lower salary in 2012.

16 responses to “Cooley’s options could include a return to the Redskins

  1. Might be a little cold-hearted but shouldn’t Cooley have gotten another agent by now? Seems a little irresponsible to me.

  2. In others words, go try to secure a starters job elsewhere. If no takers then you are welcome back here as second string and at reduced salary.

  3. dude is too busy with his Twitter and pottery to worry about hiring an agent for his football career. best thing for him is to hang up the cleats and move into broadcasting.

  4. Cooley would keep Travis Beckum’s seat nice and warm until he recovered from the torn ACL.

  5. Chris Cooley is far from stupid and if he has no agent then he has a logical reason that’s his business. Regardless, as a fan, I hope he finds another team that will start because he can still play at a high level.

  6. As a Redskin fan this is a sad moment, but Cooley is no longer the beast he was in the past before his injuries. He was essentially reduced to a full-back and not good enough for that.

    Sadly we will keep a dope-head who is a child in the brain and who has never shown consistency despite what the spin out of Redskin park has said about last year. You can’t trust him and he hasn’t changed. He’ll be suspended for a year sometime this year because he can’t stay off the wacky weed.

    This year for the Redskins is looking like a total disaster – the addition of the China Doll at QB has simply put frosting on a maggot cake.

  7. Wether its now or in the future, I would love to see Cooley involved in some capacity with the Skins Organization.

    My guess, and I will love Sonny and Sam forever, but with Sam Huff getting fazed out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see LiL Danny and the Skins orginization start planning for the future by getting Cooley involved in the radio broadcast.

    Can think of none better to TRY and fill Sonny and Sam’s shoes.

  8. Last sentence above was suppose to say:

    Can’t think of none better….

    Wish we could edit stuff on here.

  9. Cooley, I’ll say it again. You were a bright spot during a long and dark period of Redskins history. Now’s a good time for me to go ahead and own-up to the man-crush I’ve had on you for years. Good luck with the pottery and the extremely hot wife 🙂 🙂

  10. If he can still play at all, he’d look good on the opposite end of the line from Brent Celek in Philly. They have similar playing styles and never shy away from contact.

  11. I’d like to see Chris in the Redskins Radio telecast for games in the future. Him, Doc and I guess Larry. I’d replace Larry but he’s the perfect mouthpiece for Dan’s propaganda machine. I hope Chris goes out of the division and does well. While I respect BMitch and LaVar for there time in DC, I don’t look at those two the same for going to div. rivals and badmouthing us when they left. CC will be in the next 10 greatest Redskins list in 10 yrs.

  12. Shhh!! Don’t tell BB there’s an FA out there!! He’ll probably pick him up too!! Of course only so nobody else gets him and then cuts him 2-3 weeks later like the others.

  13. “… with teams copying the Patriots multi-tight-end approach.”

    When did you start watching football? Last year?

    Take a stroll down memory lane – I hardly think the 2 TE set is a New England innovation.

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