Six teams that could show interest in Chris Cooley


Tight end Chris Cooley was released on Tuesday by the Washington Redskins after eight seasons with the team. Fred Davis is a quality starter and the Redskins reportedly love Niles Paul, so it made sense to release Cooley considering his salary.

Cooley hardly is a burner after repeated knee injuries, but Peter King of is one of many writers who noted Cooley looked to be in great shape during training camp. He's healthy and is a quality receiver. He should not struggle to find work. Some possibilities:

Oakland Raiders: There have been no winners in their tight end battle. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp runs a similar offense to Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. This makes a lot of sense. He could start.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals aren't afraid to give guys second chances. Jeff King and Todd Heap are atop their depth chart. Cooley is a better version of the same idea.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins could use any offensive player with a pair of quality hands. Cooley might not want to play for one of the only franchises consistently run worse than the Redskins. Sorry.

New England Patriots: It doesn't really make sense, but he's a tight end! The Patriots love those guys.

Chicago Bears: The Bears swear they like Kellen Davis, but they could do better. As the Patriots have shown, there's nothing wrong with having two tight ends.

Redskins: "Today, for the time being, will be my last day as a Redskin," Cooley said Tuesday. It's possible Cooley could return to Washington at a reduced price if he doesn't find a starting job. Based on the options above, we think he can do better.