After tight end Jermaine Gresham came and left Arizona not having signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team has apparently turned its attention to another veteran tight end. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Arizona spoke with tight end Chris Cooley and "have expressed interest in signing him."
Cooley hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 and currently hosts a radio show in Washington, DC, where he played all nine of his NFL seasons.
Cooley himself believes he can still play. In the Washington Post, he was quoted as saying, "I feel [bleeping] awesome."
If he were to join Arizona, he would not have a featured role. He is fine with that.
"If I went to camp, I could be anybody's third tight end, worst case," he said. "I have no doubt. Any team in the NFL, I could be their third tight end. There's not a question in my mind."
As noted before, he hasn't played since 2012. However, he has not had significant playing time since 2010. He played only 175 snaps in 2011 and 92 in 2012. He would be five years removed of real playing time.
Cooley made the Pro Bowl twice in his career -- in 2007 and 2008. He has caught as many as 83 passes in a season and scored as many as eight touchdowns.
Arizona's current tight end room touts a total of 17 regular season games. Cooley, who has played in 117, would be a good fit in the room in terms of leadership.
Would Cooley be worth a minimum contract, even as nothing more than a veteran presence?