Schefter: Cards interested in Chris Cooley

Chris Cooley hasn't played in the NFL since 2012. The latest report suggests he might have a comeback in mind and with a specific team.

Apparently Chris Cooley might not be done playing football quite yet.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that the Arizona Cardinals have "spoken with" and "expressed interest in signing" the former and now retired Washington Redskins tight end.

This came one day after the Washington Post wrote about Cooley, 33, contemplating a comeback.

Cooley played for the Redskins for nine years. The two-time Pro Bowl selection caught 429 passes in that span. He hasn’t played a down since 2012, a year in which he only caught one pass. Since then, Cooley has found success as a radio personality, co-hosting ESPN 980’s “The Drive.”

Though there could be debate over whether or not the time off will be good for his game, Cooley certainly has the confidence to play in the NFL again. “If I went to camp, I could be anybody's third tight end, worst case," Cooley told the Post. "I have no doubt. Any team in the NFL, I could be their third tight end. There's not a question in my mind."

The Cardinals have one of thinnest tight ends groups in the NFL. Ted Bolser is their projected starter

While he admits the possibility is unlikely, Cooley has acknowledged that his motivations for playing again are different now than they were. "I'll just say that I want to," he said, adding: "Two years ago, had I gone somewhere (other than the Redskins) and it didn't work out, I would have had my feelings hurt. And now, I think it would just be fun."

Cooley has been participating in NFL style workouts this offseason and feels that he is in NFL-shape. Sure, it’s a longshot for the former Utah St. product to play in the pro game again. Then again, two days worth of reports suggest the odds might be so steep

Ben Standig contributed to this report


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