Redskins release TE Chris Cooley

The Washington Redskins released tight end Chris Cooley Tuesday, ending his eight year run with the team.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said that Cooley wants to be a starter and his release will allow him to find a starting job elsewhere.

“I told him Fred [Davis] was going to be our starter,” Shanahan said. “There was no guarantee, but if he wanted to be a starter I would give him every option to seek that opportunity out and that’s what we’re doing at this time.”

Cooley said it would be difficult to wear another team’s uniform. He has been a huge fan of the Redskins organization despite its lack of success over the years.

He leaves the team with no hard feelings.

Cooley is a true team player. He said during training camp that he was willing to fill any role and even filled in at fullback for injured starter Darrel Young during preseason. He had been mentoring fellow TEs Fred Davis and Niles Paul, and helped rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III adjust to the NFL.

Cooley, who turned 30 last month, had 428 catches  for 4,703 yards and 33 touchdowns in his NFL career, all with the Redskins. However, last season, he only played in five games, catching just eight passes before finger and knee injuries ended his season.

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