Cooley not guaranteed to make Redskins

Posted April 27, 2012 @ 8 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said TE Chris Cooley is “feeling great” after an injury-plagued season in which persistent swelling in his left knee and a broken finger led to the least-productive output of Cooley’s career. “The knee is feeling great. His weight is down,” Shanahan said. “There’s been no swelling, so hopefully he is full-speed once we get started with our OTA days (in May) and, you know, he can stay injury-free.” Despite Shanahan’s positive report, we hear that Cooley is far from a lock to make the final roster. First, he’s due a $3.8 million salary in 2012 and is set to count for $6.3 million against the cap. Plus, the team has added reinforcements at the position behind Fred Davis — who broke out last season and earned the franchise tag — with Richard Quinn, who signed late last season after being cut by the Broncos, and converted WR Niles Paul, who has added 10 pounds to his former 224-pound frame after a rookie season that he spent mostly blocking as a wideout on offense.