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Longtime Redskins tight end Chris Cooley not ready to retire

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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 after missing substantial time to leg injuries in two of the previous three years, he knows 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 would never bring him back. But he still considers playing in Washington his ideal situation. Short of a huge offer elsewhere, it's likely he would play only for the Redskins.

"I'm not sure what the consensus on my health is around the league," 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."

- John Keim

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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