Drama of getting cut by the Washington Redskins in August and then re-signed Monday over, Chris Cooley was all smiles Wednesday before his first practice back with the only NFL team he knows.
“I am so excited to be back in the locker room, be back with the guys,” Cooley said. “It’s great to be back. It’s exciting for me. I woke up like a little kid.”
On the field, it remains to be seen what Cooley will bring to the Robert Griffin III-led offense in replacing Fred Davis, out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon. But he’s invaluable inside the room, especially to young tight ends Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul.
“I think obviously in the tight end room it changes a little bit more vs. the entire locker room,” linebacker and special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander said. “Playing in the league for, what, nine years, Pro Bowler, has a great IQ. So I think it’ll be better for him as far as coaching up some of the young guys, bringing on Niles Paul some more as far as his development at the position.”
Cooley is back at his old locker, which for the past month and a half belonged to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cooley said that was because “Kirk Cousins is the nicest guy in the world and he said I want to give you your locker back and he moved his stuff.”
Cousins was swarmed by reporters and television cameras as he walked into the locker room Wednesday, despite not having played in more than two weeks. Naturally the subject was Cooley and Cousins’ move across the room.
“I was getting ready to lift and he was in the equipment room. I walked over and I said, ‘Do you want your old locker back?’ ” Cooley said. “And he said, ‘That’d be great.’ I moved over to those metal ones over there, and the equipment guys, they moved me over here. I’m not complaining.”