Chris Cooley isn’t retired yet. He also knows his phone won’t be ringing any time soon.
“I’m just hanging out and waiting to see what’s going on,” he said.
The longtime Redskins tight end also is an unrestricted free agent, but he’s coming off a season in which he first was cut and then returned as a backup for the final 10 games, including the postseason. He finished the season with one catch. He turns 31 in June and having missed substantial time to leg injuries two of the previous three years, he know his time in the NFL is nearing an end.
But he’s not calling it quits.
“I haven’t made that decision yet,” Cooley said. “But I haven’t given it too much thought. We’ll see what happens in the spring. There’s always that situation of staying in good shape and being a guy that’s around sometime halfway through the year. I’ve known a lot of guys that have done it.”
He has not talked to the Redskins about returning, though he said he’s not assuming they’d never bring him back. The silence isn’t surprise considering they have Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul, whom they still like despite an uneven transition to the position, and they have told people they expect to re-sign Fred Davis.
Cooley said he’d still want to play if the situation was right, though he knows no team will be calling with big money offers. He also knows if any team calls it could be months. And what would the right situation be?
“Playing for the Redskins, I don’t know?” he said. “I’m not sure what the consensus on my health is around the league. I know how I felt but I don’t know what people think of me,” he said. “I’m getting the idea that people think I’m done physically, which I’m not. I’m in great shape. I could play if I wanted to play in the right opportunity.
“Regardless I’m pretty content where I’m at. It hasn’t been a pressing matter for me.”