Chris Cooley announces retirement
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/16/2013) Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley has retired from the NFL on Tuesday and will join the Redskins' radio broadcasts as an analyst, reports The Washington Post.
Cooley, 31, retires after nine seasons with the Redskins. The tight end was released by the team in training camp prior to last season. But the Redskins re-signed Cooley during the season after a season-ending injury suffered by their starter at the position, Fred Davis.
Cooley said he would not file his official retirement papers with the NFL immediately, leaving open a slim possibility of a return as a player. But he does not intend to play again, he said.
"That door would be open a crack," Cooley said. "But do I plan to play? No. I'm not officially retiring, mostly because I'm a procrastinator. But my plans are to be done. I don't plan to play. I feel pretty fortunate."
Cooley, barring another comeback, finishes his career with 429 catches for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdowns.