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Retired Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, center, talks with retired Washington Redskins tight ends coach Rennie Simmons, right, who wears a Super Bowl ring as Redskins alumni are welcomed to the field before the Washington Redskins play the San Diego Chargers at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 3, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) makes his way to afternoon practice at training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, August 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) and tackle Trent Williams signal running back Alfred Morris’ game-clinching touchdown in Sunday night’s 28-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) makes his way to afternoon practice at training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, August 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) returns to the Washington Redskins after being cut in the preseason as the Washington Redskins take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday, October 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47), left, and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10), right, share a laugh as they warm up before an organized team activity at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, May 31, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is unsure what his role will be alongside Logan Paulson and Niles Paul, but he's excited to get back on the field. (Associated Press)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) makes his way to afternoon practice at training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, August 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley warms up before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley warms up before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Fred Davis suffered a season-ending torn left Achilles on Sunday in the Redskins' loss to the Giants, and Chris Cooley is expected to fill the tight end vacancy. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the veteran is closing in on a new contract with Washington, and he could be signed by Monday morning. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Tight end Chris Cooley played in every game from his rookie season of 2004 through ’08. He had a career-best eight touchdowns in 2007 and established career highs in catches (83) and yards (849) in ’08. (Associated Press)

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Tight end Chris Cooley played in every game from his rookie season of 2004 through ’08. He had a career-best eight touchdowns in 2007 and established career highs in catches (83) and yards (849) in ’08. (Associated Press)

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Tight end Chris Cooley played in every game from his rookie season of 2004 through ’08. He had a career-best eight touchdowns in 2007 and established career highs in catches (83) and yards (849) in ’08. (Associated Press)

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Chris Cooley announces his release.

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Washington Redskins released tight end Chris Cooley on Thursday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) is hit by Indianapolis Colts defensive back DJ Johnson (43) during first half action of the Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins preseason football game, Saturday, August 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)