BY PETER HAILEY
On Tuesday, former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley expressed a desire to return to the NFL after last playing in the league in 2012. And just a day after making that announcement, it appears that there's some real interest in his services.
On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted out this news, proving that Cooley's claim that he "could be anybody's third tight end, worst case" may have some actual merit:
Cardinals have spoken with former Redskins TE Chris Cooley and have expressed interest in signing him, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2015
For Cooley, the Cardinals are as good a team as any to try and make a comeback for. Arizona currently has six tight ends on their roster, but of those six, only two played for the Cards last year: Darren Fells and Troy Niklas. Together, they combined for just eight catches and 109 receiving yards.
Cooley's original announcement, which came on his radio show on ESPN 980, made waves around the D.C. area Tuesday.
"I’ll just say that I want to (play again)," he said. "There aren’t the competitive challenges and the competitive accomplishments to be achieved in [every] job, the feeling of going crazy because you’ve worked to achieve something. And if you think you only have a couple more [chances], why wouldn’t you do it?” He later went on to say there's "no doubt" in his mind that he could be a franchise's third tight end.
For his career, Cooley has played in 117 games over nine NFL seasons, all with the Redskins. The fan favorite hauled in a team record 429 passes as a tight end, totaling 4,711 yards and 33 scores.
While Schefter's tweet is obviously a long way away from Cooley being offered an actual NFL contract, it would seem that #47 has at least a decent shot at getting back into the sport he loves. It would be a strange sight for Redskins fans to see him in anything other than Burgundy and Gold, but for Cooley, it sounds like any of the 32 NFL teams would do. He just wants another shot.