Reuniting with Cooley would be a good PR move by the Redskins. (MySpace)
During the last week of August, I wrote a goodbye piece about Chris Cooley, believing that he would likely latch on with another team and start the season in different colors for the first time in his career.
Cooley's release surprised a lot of Redskins fans and although I assumed it might happen two weeks earlier, it was sad to see him go.
But if you listen closely to Cooley's emotional farewell speech, it's obvious that a light was left on for him by the Redskins. In his own words, Chris said "Today, for the time being, will be my last day as a Redskin."
When he said it, Cooley seemed destined to finish his career elsewhere. I even guessed that he had Dan Snyder's word that he could retire as a Redskin (as Clinton Portis did on August 23).
So what should we make of this Friday morning tweet from the team about the possibility of Cooley's return?
Is Washington general manager Bruce Allen serious? Or is it a gentlemanly attempt to help Cooley land another job?
This writer believes Allen is serious. I also believe that his statement will not spur interest in Cooley, if there has not been some already.
I do believe Cooley can still play and can be a valuable piece of the Redskins offense this year. At the very least, he'll bring a veteran presence to a team that is getting younger across the board. Kick in the fact that he never wanted to leave DC in the first place and you have the makings of a possible reunion.
Allen must have had a gut feeling that Cooley would still be available on the open market. And if Bruce brings him back, he'll get Chris on the cheap.
According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:
If the Redskins sign Cooley after Week 1 they don't have to guarantee his [$3.8 million] salary for the season.
That may be acceptable to the eight-year veteran, whose heart remains in Washington.
“I can’t guarantee what will happen," Cooley told Washington Post sports writer Mark Maske. "But this is where I want to live and play, so I’d definitely be open to talk.”