Chris Cooley retires, but stays with Redskins

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Updated: July 16, 2013

Redskins tight end Chris Cooley – aka Captain Chaos — is retiring from the NFL after 9 NFL seasons, but he isn’t going anywhere. Cooley, 31, was cut in preseason last year, but returned to the team when TE Fred Davis ruptured his Achilles Tendon and missed the rest of the season. However, he wasn’t an important part of the offense, getting only three passes thrown his way and catching only one for eight yards.

So it comes as no surprise that Cooley, a fan favorite since 2005, will stay with the Redskins, the only team he played for and the only team he was willing to play for. The Redskins have hired Cooley to join their radio broadcast team, keeping him in Washington, where he has been since 2004 when he was drafted 81st overall in the third round out of Utah State. Apparently, Cooley will not replace former Redskins great Sam Huff in the radio booth, instead providing commentary from time to time during the games, similar to the role already played by another former Redskins tight end, Rick “Doc” Walker.

Cooley was a very productive and consistent performer for the Redskins, particularly from 2005-2008, when he averaged 69 catches for 786 yards [11.4[ and 5.5 touchdowns per season. He missed much of 2008 to injury, but returned in 2010 to catch 77 passes for 849 yards and 3 TD. However, he was bothered by knee and other injuries from 2011 onward and it eventually ended his career.

Before the injuries hit, though, Cooley was a very durable player, never missing a game from 2004-2008 and again playing all 16 in 2010. In the last two seasons, though, he's played in only 14 games and caught only 9 passes on 16 targets. He hasn't scored a touchdown since 2010.

For his career, Cooley finished with 429 catches on 503 targets for 4711 yards [11.0] and 33 TD. Cooley became beloved by fans for his hard-nosed style of play, his devotion to the burgundy and gold and his goofy demeanor, such as growing an “afro” and trying to negotiate a beer clause into his contract.


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