Redskins Waive Chris Cooley Today
Over the past 8 years, Chris Cooley has been one of DC’s favorite athletes. Whether it was giving us a look into the life of an NFL player through his blog, inviting anyone to his art gallery for beers and music every first Friday, or genuinely just being an average guy amidst his celebrity status, he was always making himself within arm’s reach of the fans.
As you have probably heard, Chris Cooley was waived by the Redskins this afternoon.
Leading up to his release, Cooley’s injury plagued 2011 season gave way for Fred Davis to make a name for himself. That he did. Davis amassed 796 yards on 59 catches in a limited season. During the offseason, coach Mike Shanahan announced that 2nd year man Niles Paul would be converted to tight end from wide receiver trying to create a 2012 Shannon Sharpe. At this time Redskins fans started to put pieces of the puzzle together.
With Davis coming off a standout season in limited reps, Niles Paul being moved to tight end, and the cap penalties that the Redskins faced, was there room for Cooley on the roster?
Cooley quickly acted and agreed to take a pay cut.
Once in camp the two time Pro Bowler was making it hard for the team to think about cutting him by filling in at fullback and even starting two preseason games at the position. With the rosters being cut down on Monday, Cooley was thought to be a sure lock for the final 53. This was not the case.
While watching him hold back tears after announcing he was being cut, it will be hard for me to see Captain Chaos in another jersey. He was a great Redskins player and had a better personality off the field. No doubt in my mind that he will be back in another role with either the DC media or the Redskins themselves when it’s all said and done.
I wish him the best going forward and good luck in his future.
“This organization has changed my life in every way for the better and I appreciate it. I’ve loved every minute of playing here. It’s been a good run.”