BY JEFF SLADE
Chris Cooley made headlines last week by talking about a potential NFL return and it turned from harmless radio speculation to a serious discussion pretty fast.
Cooley appeared on NFLXM Radio on Sunday to talk about his possible comeback.
“I don’t have an expectation that I’d be where I was, in my prime,” the former Redskins tight end said, "But I know I can be in a locker room and I know I can be on a field to some extent.”
“I know that I can help somebody."
Cooley told the Washington Post last week that there was “no doubt” he could still make an NFL roster. He continued that sentiment on Sunday.
“It’s absolutely realistic – I would love to play," he said. “I know that I got a year or two left. One, two years, why would you not take that opportunity if you had that opportunity?
“If you don’t ask for it, you can never get it.”
Well – he’s asked for it – but it remains to be seen if he’ll get it.
News broke Wednesday that the Arizona Cardinals had reportedly reached out to Cooley, but that doesn’t appear to be likely now after they signed free agent tight end Jermaine Gresham on Friday.
“There’s been some interest,” Cooley said. “But I think the realistic interest for me is probably a team that’s winning or has a chance to win and maybe has an injury in training camp or maybe has a guy go down and has an immediate need.”
Could that be in Washington perhaps?
“I held out hope that I’d play for the Redskins forever,” he said, but he seems ready to go anywhere that would give him a chance.
With the Redskins deep at the tight end position with Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, and Logan Paulsen all expected to contribute, there doesn’t look to be room for Cooley at the moment on the depth chart.
But you never know when injuries could arise and an “immediate need” develops.
While Cooley understands he wouldn’t be the Pro Bowl caliber player he used to be, he says he is ready to take on any role just to get back into the NFL.
"Football is a strange game," Cooley said, "And you can find yourself in the middle of everything in a couple snaps.”