Chris Cooley: Redskins Would Be Wise to Sign Former TE After Davis Injury

Ethan GrantAnalyst IOctober 21, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins got some terrible injury news after their loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Tight end Fred Davis, arguably Robert Griffin III's most reliable receiver this season, will miss the remainder of action with a left Achilles tear.

ESPN's Adam Schefter helped break the news on his Twitter account, and the news couldn't come at a worse time for the Redskins, after their heartbreaking loss to the Giants in the final minute.

Injury to insult: Redskins TE Fred Davis out for season with left Achilles tear.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2012

With the tight end leaving a considerable hole in the offense, fan favorite and still local Chris Cooley is the right move for this Redskins team.

Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen are the two backups for the Redskins. Neither is a big-time receiving target, and in this Washington offense, it would appear RG3 needs a security blanket in his rookie season.

Davis had 23 receptions for 312 yards before he went down with the injury. Averaging 30 targets, which was tops on the team, he had developed good chemistry with his QB and was a nice fantasy option, too.

Now that he's out and the team is still without Pierre Garcon, the top target at the beginning of the season, who will step up to replace the production that Davis leaves in this Washington lineup?

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora had an interesting idea and one that makes a lot of sense for the team in this desperate situation.

The Redskins lost franchise TE Fred Davis for the season today. Cooley knows the offense, still lives in the area and eager to come back

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 22, 2012

If you look at Cooley's activity since he and the team parted ways, he is still in the Washington area and very active in the community. A frequent visitor of the park and facilities, it's clear he would relish the opportunity to prove to Mike Shanahan that his past few downer seasons were an anomaly and that he can still be the type of possession receiver that QBs love.

With a rookie at QB (albeit a pretty darn good one), this offense could use the presence of the veteran contributor as they are still in contention in the NFC East.

Hampered by injuries in 2011, he never got comfortable in the offense and managed only eight catches on the season in five games. Davis claimed the starting tight end role in his absence and hasn't relinquished it until this unfortunate injury.

I'll contend that his release was a motivating factor toward making a comeback. It's clear that he loves the area, the community and the team, so giving him a shot seems to be a win-win in this dire situation.

We'll keep an eye on Cooley's status over the next few days but don't be surprised if the team makes a move to get him back into the locker room before practice begins next week.