PHOENIX | Tight end Chris Cooley’s future with the Redskins is on hold while he considers other teams’ interest in him, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Tuesday.
The franchise’s all-time leading receiver among tight ends could eventually fill one of various roles in the organization. However, Cooley might continue his playing career elsewhere next season.
“I spoke to his agent here, and there’s some interest in Chris,” Allen told the Washington Times. “He might decide to play for another team. I’m not saying he wants to – believe me – but he will always be a Redskin. There’s no about it.”
Cooley, 30, is an unrestricted free agent. His contract expired on March 12, putting the Redskins and him back to where they were when the team released him last Aug. 28.
The key difference now is that other teams still are assembling their rosters for 2013; it was much more difficult for Cooley to find a fit with another team so late last preseason.
Washington re-signed Cooley last October after first-stringer Fred Davis tore his left Achilles’ tendon. Cooley played behind second-stringer Logan Paulsen on offense in the final nine games, and he also played special teams.
Davis is an unrestricted free agent, as well, leaving Paulsen and Niles Paul as the Redskins’ only tight ends with significant playing experience. Allen was non-committal when asked about the Redskins’ interest in re-signing Cooley.
“We’re going to see how everything plays out a little bit,” he said.