Could The Arizona Cardinals Have Interest In Former Redskins TE Chris Cooley?

LANDOVER MD - NOVEMBER 15: Chris Cooley #47 of the Washington Redskin runs onto the field against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15 2010 at FedExField in Landover Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

When the Arizona Cardinals acquired Todd Heap last season, he was figured to be the first legitimate tight end threat the team has had since Jay Novacek. But through a slew of injuries and only one touchdown last season, people are starting to question his effectiveness.

Jeff King is a nice option, but he is primarily a blocking tight end that can catch a pass when he needs to. Rob Housler, although having all the necessary physical tools, needs more time to develop.

Luckily for the Cards, a new free agent tight end has just hit the market. Chris Cooley was released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday and will likely be looking for a new stadium to call home. Should the Arizona Cardinals show interest?

Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com believes that the Cardinals should inquire about Cooley:

The Cardinals aren't afraid to give guys second chances. Jeff King and Todd Heap are atop their depth chart. Cooley is a better version of the same idea.

Granted, Cooley was an All-Pro tight end and has been selected to two Pro Bowls. But at the age of 30, the Redskins obviously didn't feel he offered as much as he once did. So why should the Cardinals think he can give more than what they already have?

For me, signing Cooley would be a bit redundant, especially this close to the regular season. Heap and King know the system well and can do the job the Cards require of them. If Cooley comes in, he would likely take snaps away from the young Rob Housler. That is not something I would be a fan of.

So thanks, but no thanks to Chris Cooley. There will be plenty of teams interested in his services, but the Arizona Cardinals shouldn't be one of them.

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