LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Believe it or not, Chris Cooley returned to Redskins Park on Thursday. The veteran tight end was tasked with doing what he saw countless others do over the years — clean out of his locker.
Cooley and general manager Bruce Allen spoke for about an hour while he was out there.
“We’re still friends,” Cooley says.
And he’s forever a friend of the Redskins organization. Cooley told Mike Wise and Chris Johnson that he is still welcome at the Park.
Because of his affinity for the team, Cooley says it’s a difficult decision to put on another team’s jersey.
According to various reports, the tight end’s agent has received calls from 20 teams interested in obtaining Cooley’s services. However, he’s in no hurry to make a decision and isn’t worried about a pay check at the moment.
“It will come down, if I make a decision to play, to really having to be the right situation,” Cooley said.
Cooley, who was released on Tuesday, knew early in the offseason that he wasn’t going to be assured a roster spot this year. He knew something was going to need to happen in order for him to remain in Washington. As it turns out, that something didn’t happen.
“That’s the business side of it,” Cooley said. “It’s unfortunate it’s not Major League Baseball and we’re not the Yankees. It wasn’t a surprise.”
The Redskins are moving on with Fred Davis atop the tight end heap and youngsters Logan Paulsen and wide receiver convert Niles Paul backing him up.
“I’m not disappointed that they gave a couple of the other guys a lot of opportunities in the preseason to see where they were and what they could do,” he added.