Former Redskins tight end and current radio analyst Chris Cooley is looking into joining one of his ex-team’s most bitter rivals.
According to ESPN 980, his current employer, Cooley is headed to New Jersey to try out for the New York Giants. The tryout will take place tomorrow, presumably at the team’s Quest Diagnostics training center in East Rutherford.
Cooley played with the Redskins from when they drafted him in 2004 through the 2012 season. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008 and was one of the team’s best and most durable players. But he suffered an ankle injury midway through the 2009 season and knee problems hampered his last years with the team. The team originally decided to let him go during training camp in 2012 but they brought him back for the last nine games. He caught just one pass and he was not re-signed.
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Cooley, 33, started talking about a possible comeback earlier this year. The Redskins never expressed any interest. The rest of the league didn’t either until Cooley got the call for the tryout with the Giants.
New York does not appear to have an immediate need for a tight end. Larry Donnell is the starter and Daniel Fells is the backup. Third-string tight end Jerome Cunningham missed the game against the Redskins with a knee injury but it does not appear to be serious.
Teams frequently bring in free agent players for tryouts so they have someone to call in case of an emergency. This could be one of those situations.