Why Fred Davis Injury Should Prompt Redskins to Re-Sign Chris Cooley

Brandon Alisoglu@@BrandonAlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Tight end Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskins dives on a two point conversion against Barry Church #42 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins have finally been bitten by the injury bug, which means they should bring in an old, familiar face to get them through these tough times.

Wait, what? They've already had catastrophic injuries to major contributors? Yikes. Well, that makes bringing in Chris Cooley that much more vital.

Fred Davis' season is over. He is the latest victim to today's most trendy injury: the torn Achilles. 

You have to feel for the guy. He was slapped with the franchise tag last offseason and was denied the long-term security of a multi-year contract.

Now he's lost out on a lot of bargaining power. That's why so many players hold out instead of signing the one-year, big-money deal.

Alas, the Redskins must move on with the 2012 season. And there's a certain former Pro Bowler sitting at home who could help them do just that.

Cooley had a mostly great eight-year run with Washington, totaling 428 receptions for 4,703 yards and 33 touchdowns. Plus, there's that football he caught through a wall. 

Washington has a chance to make the playoffs and give Robert Griffin III invaluable playoff experience. He's so explosive that he gives the Redskins a chance to win any game in which he is under center, and Washington is only one game out of the wild card.

Cooley is only a few months removed from the organization. He knows the offense and could be plugged in right away. It should be noted that he was only released because he wanted to be a starter and Washington was committed to having Davis start at tight end.

Now that the starting hurdle has been cleared, the two sides should reach a quick agreement and have Cooley at the facility on Tuesday.

Washington has a supremely winnable game at Pittsburgh in Week 8. In order to put their best foot forward, the Skins need to get the most talented and knowledgeable replacement they can for Davis.

And they know just where to find him.