Despite consistent prodding that bordered on begging via his radio show, it certainly looks like Chris Cooley's comeback attempt with the Washington Redskins is over.
For the past month, Cooley has made clear his desire to rejoin the 'Skins despite not playing a snap since 2012. After season-ending injuries to Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen it seemed Cooley's return had a glimmer of hope. But in the last week, it's become fairly obvious Cooley won't be back in Burgundy and Gold. Reasons laid out below:
- Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said point blank that Cooley would not be coming back to the team. Above all else, this is the reason that matters most. McCloughan's direct quote on Cooley: "I'm not going there."
- Cooley offered to come back for a veteran minimum with no incentives, and practically begged for a chance to join the team on his radio show. A player with Cooley's resume rarely foregoes any chance at negotiation like that, and though the move seemed desperate, it did not pay off.
- The Redskins made a trade for 49ers tight end Derek Carrier. While Carrier is not the type of talent that could make the Pro Bowl, he should give the 'Skins depth at the position and can also play special teams. Losing Niles Paul is a blow to Washington's special teams unit, and no matter how much Cooley wants to come back, it's highly unlikely he would have hit the field on any special teams unit.
- In his comments, Cooley stated the three of four Redskins decision makers wanted him back on the team. Presuming those people were Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, Jay Gruden and McCloughan, there is little chance the Redskins GM appreciated Cooley publicly stating what may have been an internal disagreement over the tight end's comeback prospects.
Here's a bonus reason: The Redskins assigned the newly acquired Carrier the No. 47. Yes, the same No. 47 Cooley wore for his entire Redskins career, a message if there ever was one.
Presented without additional comment: new #Redskins TE Derek Carrier has been assigned No. 47.
— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerRedskins) August 22, 2015