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Cardinals Have Expressed Interest In Signing TE Chris Cooley

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a league source, reports that the Cardinals have spoken with former Redskins TE Chris Cooley and expressed interest in signing him to a contract.

This comes just a day after Cooley said that he would consider returning to the NFL if an opportunity presented itself.

“If I went to camp, I could be anybody’s third tight end, worst case,” Cooley said, via the Washington 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.

While Cooley “absolutely” would listen if a team called, but also acknowledged that the idea “seems far-fetched to anybody else.”

Arizona is clearly in the market for a tight end after they brought in free agent Jermaine Gresham for a visit on Tuesday. However, the Cardinals’ interest in Cooley could be an indication that they aren’t not close to signing Gresham to a contract and plan to explore alternative options.

Cooley, 33, hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since the 2012 season with the Redskins. That year, Cooley was limited to appearing in just eight games and recording a single catch for eight yards receiving.

Cooley has played his entire nine-year NFL career with the Redskins.