ALAMEDA -- The knee-jerk reaction to Chris Cooley getting released by Washington on Tuesday?The notion that the Raiders should be interested in the two-time Pro Bowl tight end. Especially with a relatively young an inexperienced trio of tight ends currently on the roster in Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry."We're going to look at anybody that comes available," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen, "and I don't care what the position is. If we feel like a guy can make us better, then we're going to look at it. I wouldn't single out the tight end position."Part of the deal is when people come across the waiver wire or people get released from other teams, you're looking. So yeah, we'll look. We'll look at anybody."Cooley, 30, has had two of has past three seasons end early due to injury. But in the five seasons in which he's started all 16 games, he has averaged 70.8 receptions and five touchdowns. In his eight-year career Cooley has 428 receptions for 4,703 yards and 33 TDs.Myers, Gordon and Ausberry, meanwhile, have combined to catch 35 passes for 266 yards and no scores, with Myers accounting for 32 of those receptions and 250 of those receiving yards.So yeah, adding a Cooley would help the Raiders' tight end group in general and quarterback Carson Palmer in particular, but at the expense of which player, and would it make financial sense?
Would TE Cooley fit in with the Raiders?
August 29, 2012, 12:35 am