Earlier today, former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley tweeted out that he would be receptive to getting another chance to lace ’em up for his old team:
Thanks to everyone for the support about playing. Obviously, I would love a chance. Either way, I believe in the @redskins organization.
— Chris Cooley (@thecooleyzone) December 14, 2015
Jordan Reed has emerged as one of the best tight ends in the league this season, and leads all Washington pass-catchers in receptions (67), receiving yards (694), and receiving touchdowns (7). However, Washington’s depth at the position behind Reed is looking increasingly shaky: Derek Carrier (17 receptions, 141 yards, one touchdown) tore his ACL last week, and long-time tight end Logan Paulsen has been on injured reserve since before the start of the season with a “severe turf toe injury.”
Cooley played tight end for the team from 2004 through 2012, long enough to make some significant inroads on the team’s all-time record books. His 33 receiving touchdowns are ninth-most in franchise history, and his 4,711 receiving yards are also ninth-best. Cooley never played with any other NFL team.
Washington is not in a position to take on Cooley just for whimsy’s sake, though. Even though the team sits at 6-7, that’s good enough to be tied for first place in the NFC East. After hosting the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday, Washington will finish their season with two road games against divisional opponents — the Philadelphia Eagles, then the Dallas Cowboys — that will carry huge playoff implications.