The Washington Times - August 28, 2012, 02:11PM

By Stephen Whyno

Tight end Chris Cooley’s full address Tuesday to announce he was being released by the Washington Redskins.Click here for the audio.


“This will be brief. … The Washington Redskins are releasing me today. So today, for the time being, will be my last day as a Redskin.

“It’s been awesome. I’ve been very, very fortunate to play for a franchise that has embraced me and for a fan base that has embraced me the way that they have. This organization has changed my life in every way for the better, and I appreciate it. I’ve loved every minute of playing here. It’s been a good ride. It’s been a pleasure.

“I guess, for me, I’ll take some time and decide what I want to do moving forward. I have every belief that I can play football. I have every belief that I can be not only a productive player, but a starter in this league. I’m very confident in my abilities to continue to play the game. It would be a tough decision for me to put on another jersey. It’s something that I’ve really never had to imagine. For now, I’ll take some time and make sure what I do in the future is exactly what I want to do.

“Again, it’s been a pleasure to be a part of this team. I’m so excited for the group of guys and coaches that are here this year. I think that there’s a lot in store for the Redskins; I think the future’s awesome. I can’t tell you how much I think of this staff and the players on this team. I’m thrilled for what they can accomplish, and I wish everyone here the best.

“There’s really no hard feelings for me. I’ve had good talks with Bruce Allen. He’s been great. I talked to all the coaches and it’s OK with me that they’re moving in the direction they’re moving. Since Bruce and Mike [Shanahan] have been here, I’ve trusted everything that they’ve done and everything that they want to do. Even though I’m not a part of that today, I still do believe in what they’re doing.

“I want to thank all you guys. Our media has been so, so good to me. So I appreciate everything. I’m sorry I’m a baby [choking up]. I appreciate everything you guys have done for me. And I guess, finally, say thank you to our fans. It’s been great. Thank you.”