Chris Cooley Plans To Retire From Redskins, Join Team's Radio Broadcast Booth
Redskins TE Chris Cooley yesterday said that he will join the organization's radio broadcasting team, "effectively ending his career as an NFL player," according to Maske & Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Cooley said that he "would not file his official retirement papers with the NFL immediately, leaving open a slim possibility of a return as a player," but added that he "does not intend to play again." Cooley "will not replace Sam Huff on the team’s radio broadcasts but instead will provide analysis during games." The team "plans to use a two-man booth this season" -- with Sonny Jurgensen "teaming with play-by-play man Larry Michael -- although sideline reporter Doc Walker also will have an open mic, allowing him to add regular analysis." Cooley was "signed to a multiyear deal." Cooley's role will have him "providing analysis in a 'Cooley’s Corner' segment that will be heard every quarter." The Redskins announced that he also will "appear on Internet and television shows, including Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan’s show" on WRC-NBC. Cooley said that he was "in contact with other broadcast outlets but wanted to continue his association with the Redskins" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/17).