BY PETER HAILEY
Even though Chris Cooley told the NFL last week that he wants to play in the league again, the league doesn't seem like it wants Chris Cooley -- at least not yet.
It looked like the former Redskins tight end had a chance at signing a contract with the Cardinals a few days ago, but the team elected to pick up Jermaine Gresham instead, which probably makes Arizona a non-option for "Captain Chaos." On Monday, Cooley acknowledged that he talked with the Cards before the Gresham move, but now, he said he's playing the waiting game.
"I will absolutely continue to work out," Cooley said on his radio show. "And look towards realistically a later date in someone's camp after an injury were to occur or even into the season, which I would be fine with."
In addition to an injury forcing a franchise to search among his position's market, Cooley said something else likely has to be true for an organization to reach out to him.
"It would probably have to be a team that realistically has a chance of winning this year," he said. "Teams that don't have a chance of winning don't sign 33-year-old tight ends."
The overall lack of interest hasn't stymied Cooley's confidence, however. In fact, he sounds as sure as ever about his ability to make a successful comeback.
"I feel very confident in my ability to go through a season," Cooley said. "I almost feel uncomfortable saying I know I can play now just because of how it sounds. It almost sounds arrogant, but it is how I feel. I got two more years, maybe. So why not take a shot at it and we'll see where we go?"
A week after first announcing his intentions, Cooley is still anxious to get back in the sport he loves. Unfortunately for him, he'll have to be patient. No one knows when that phone call will finally come -- or if it ever will.