Chris Cooley has been a popular figure in his eight-year tenure with the Washington Redskins, capturing the hearts of their fans while contributing as a dangerous and versatile presence from the tight end position.
Cooley became one of the most dominant—and yet underrated—receiving tight ends in the NFL. He recorded at least 700 receiving yards in five seasons between 2005 and 2010, thriving as a run blocker and in anything he was called to do as well.
Unfortunately—as with many professional athletes—injuries have a way of cutting an exceptional career short, as it appears may be the case for the 30-year-old Cooley in the midst of his prime playing years. He played in just five games last season, suffering a broken finger and then being placed on the injured reserve list due to lingering knee problems from offseason surgery.
Cooley insists his knee is fine, but as he ages, blossoming young stars like Fred Davis and Niles Paul make him an expendable puzzle piece.
As a result, the Red...