There’s a certain justice in the NFL that always seems to come around. When a guy gets injured, it seems he usually resurfaces in a backup role to the guy he was replaced by and gives being a starter one more go of it. Chris Cooley wasn’t injured, but he was ousted from Washington by Fred Davis and the cast of Redskins tight ends.
Now, Daniel Snyder is opening up the checkbook (a little) to bring the man he wouldn’t even let play on his special teams units back to Washington.
Cooley was publicly cut loose by the Redskins during the preseason and he hasn’t found a job since then. He spent his entire career with the Redskins and owns just about every receiving record not owned by a guy they call Art Monk. But now Cooley is getting a chnace to get a proper send off from the Redskins and the reason for that is a season ending injury to the guy who replaced him.
As we reported earlier today, tight end Fred Davis tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the 2012 season. That leaves the Redskins with Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen as replacement targets for RGIII. That apparently isn’t sitting well with Snyder and according to Jason La Canfora, the Redskins are expected to finalize a deal with Cooley later this week.
Redskins have reached out to former TE Chris Cooley, and deal likely to be finalized shortly. Reunion makes perfect sense for him and team
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 22, 2012
The move makes sense, since although Cooley was beat about by just about everybody in Washington, he knows the offense and he’s a Pro Bowl caliber target for Robert Griffin III, and that’s really what this move is all about. The Redskins came dangerously lose to beating the Giants on Sunday, proving they might have what it takes to make a playoff run in 2012.
Adding Cooley doesn’t automatically pencil them into the Postseason, but it doesn’t hurt either.