After sitting down with Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, free agent tight end Chris Cooley gets the feeling that the only way he might re-sign with the Redskins is if someone gets hurt and they need him.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Cooley said in a telephone interview, via The Washington Post. “I want to play here, but I don’t know if anything will happen with that.”
“Bruce and I are friends,” Cooley said. “We sat down and had a beer and we talked about golf, mostly. The way it looks to me is if something happens here, they would love to have me. If Fred gets hurt or something like that, I think I’d be the guy they sign. I think that.”
Cooley says the New England Patriots showed some interest, but he’s not interested in playing for the veteran minimum.
“The Patriots called, then they signed Kellen Winslow,” Cooley said. “I played long enough and made enough money that I’m not going to play for the minimum salary. If that’s the best offer I’m going to get, then so be it…Most teams have a tight end they like.
“You look at it and you say, ‘I could play here,’ or, ‘I could play there,’ and it’s not necessarily the case,” Cooley said. “Then you have guys available on the market like Winslow, like [Jeremy] Shockey. It’s not a good market for tight ends.”
I really doubt Cooley will end up back in Washington. I got a feeling his career is over.