With news breaking that Logan Paulsen's toe injury may be something that leaks into the regular season, Redskins fans immediately turned their attention toward one single question: Could that open the door for Chris Cooley making a return to his former team?
That same question was posed to head coach Jay Gruden during his Wednesday press conference, and Gruden certainly didn't rule out the possibility. "We haven't talked about that yet," he said. The coach did admit, however, that once Paulsen's status becomes more clear, the team will "start looking possibly for others."
Later in the day, Cooley himself made a radio appearance on ESPN 980, and was also asked for his thoughts about beginning a second stint in D.C. And while the 33-year-old acknowledged that the decision isn't really up to him, he did say getting the call to come back would be a dream come true.
"Of course I'd wanna play for the Redskins," Cooley said. "That'd literally be the greatest thing in the world."
A large contingent of Burgundy and Gold supporters would agree with that sentiment, though it's still a long way from becoming a reality. With that being said, Paulsen's toe problems, as well as Jordan Reed's durability issues, have created a sudden need for the Redskins at the position. In addition, Cooley later went on to say that he knows Jay Gruden's offense, seemingly hinting that he could contribute quicker than other options on the market.
Gruden told the media he wants to evaluate in-house options before looking elsewhere, but if the three other tight ends on the Redskins roster look lackluster in the team's preseason opener on Thursday against Cleveland, he may be forced to do so sooner rather than later. This ongoing saga has taken a lot of intriguing turns recently, and after hearing Cooley gush about how much he wants to become a Redskin again, a lot of people will be waiting to see what comes next.