WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Chris Cooley will officially retire from the NFL on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post, bringing closure to his 9-year career as the tight end for the Washington Redskins.

After being cut by Washington during Training Camp last year, the Redskins re-signed Cooley halfway through the 2012 season when tight end Fred Davis went down with a season-ending Achilles injury.

Photos: Chris Cooley’s Career as a Redskins

Cooley, 31, was a beloved fan favorite during his time in Washington, where he caught 429 passes for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns in 116 games for the burgundy and gold.

He had struggled to stay healthy at the tail end of his career, not playing more than 7 games in two of his last three full seasons with the team.

He’ll end his career ninth on Washington’s all-time lists in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. In the club’s 80-year history, only four Redskins have ever caught more passes than Cooley did.

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