Washington Redskins Reportedly Agree to Contract With Former TE Chris Cooley

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistOctober 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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Let's hope that the Redskins marketing department didn't throw out those leftover Chris Cooley jerseys when they parted ways, because the longtime Redskins tight end is back in the nation's capital.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Redskins have agreed to terms on a contract with Cooley, the team's all-time leader in receptions by a tight end.

UPDATE: Monday, October 22 at 3:10 p.m. ET

For those wondering about Cooley's playing condition, CSNWashington's Tarik El-Bashir has the latest from head coach Mike Shanahan:

Shanahan on Cooley: "I called Chris when we landed to see what kind of shape he was in. He said pretty good shape. I trust Chris." #Redskins

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) October 22, 2012


UPDATE: Monday, October 22 at 11:19 a.m. ET 

Washington Post's Mike Jones confirms that the Redskins have officially signed Chris Cooley.

As others have reported,It's official, Cooley is back.

— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 22, 2012


As if the team's heart-breaking loss to the New York Giants on Sunday wasn't bad enough, the Redskins lost starting tight end Fred Davis for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon:

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

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2012

Cooley, 30, was released by the Redskins at the end of training camp, but the door was left open for a possible return down the road. (h/t Washington Post)

According to Maske, Cooley will take a physical on Monday and then the signing will become official.

A third-round draft pick in 2004, Cooley spent his entire nine-year career with the Redskins. He appeared in 108 games (101 starts), catching 428 passes for 4,703 yards and 33 touchdowns.

From 2005 through 2008, Cooley was one of the better tight ends in the NFL, averaging 69 receptions for 786 yards and six touchdowns per season.

Always a fan favorite, his return to the Redskins is sure to get the hogs and hogettes fired up.

Seeing how Davis was the team's leading receiver prior to the injury, Cooley is sure to become a big part of the Redskins' aerial attack once he gets himself reacquainted with his former teammates—and with the dynamic Robert Griffin III under center, a career resurgence could be in order.