Allen: Redskins to talk to Cooley

Allen: Redskins to talk to Cooley
September 7, 2012, 6:38 pm

When the Redskins released longtime tight end Chris Cooley on August 28, both the team and the player left the door open for a possible return.Next week, the sides plan to discuss such a scenario, Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday afternoon.General Manager Bruce Allen first broached the subject during a speaking engagement at the National Press Club, saying, Yes, absolutely that door is still open. We have a meeting next week.Asked to expand on Allens comments later, Shanahan said the team is weighing its options with regard to Cooley.Yeah, Im not sure when that is, Shanahan said of the meeting. To be honest with you, Ive been pretty busy this week getting ready for a game. But weve always left the door open for Chris.When Cooley gave his tear-filled goodbye 10 days ago in Ashburn, the Redskins said the move was made so that the loyal veteran of eight seasons could explore the possibility of starting for another team. The Redskins are committed to starting Fred Davis.Cooley hired an agent, but as of Friday afternoon had not signed with another team. The 30-year-old Leesburg, Va. resident told The Washington Post Friday afternoon that he was unaware a meeting had been scheduled for next week but was open to discussing a possible return to the team that drafted him in the third round in 2004. Cooley's agent, David Dunn, did not immediately return a phone call.It gave him an opportunity to see if theres anything where hes got a chance to start, Shanahan said. Thats the main thing. Hes going to weigh his options. Im sure hes looking at his options with different teams right now. Who needs a tight end? Whats going to happen maybe after this week? Probably weigh all of his options, and well look at our options as well. We have three tight ends, so its not like were very deep at the position. And with one fullback, its not very deep.The Redskins would have to move another player on the 53-man roster if they were to bring back Cooley, which at this point still seems like a long-shot. When Cooley was released, he counted 6.23 million against the Redskinss salary cap. If hes resigned, his salary would be more inline with an aging reserve player and it would not be guaranteed.There are a lot of possibilities, Shanahan said. I cant tell you for sure whats going to happen at this time. But wed like to have as many options as possible. As you mentioned, well get a chance to talk next week.