Chris Cooley Hired as Analyst for Redskins Radio Broadcast

The hiring of Washington Redskins tight end, Chris Cooley, was announced on Tuesday, July 16, by Red Zebra Broadcasting, the company owned by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder that operates ESPN 980 (WTEM, 980 AM), the team’s flagship station in Washington. Cooley, 31, was signed to a multiyear deal, according to a written announcement. The written announcement said Cooley will serve as an “in-game contributor” to the radio broadcasts, providing analysis in a “Cooley’s Corner” segment that will be heard every quarter.

“To add a talent and fan favorite like Chris to our team will add excitement to our broadcast and a level of unpredictability for our listeners,” said Chuck Sapienza, the executive producer of Redskins Radio Network.

“I’m pumped,” Cooley said in a telephone interview. “This is a great deal for me. I really want this job, and I want to do it for a long time.”

Although no official retirement papers have been filed with the NFL yet, Cooley, who spent nine productive seasons with the Redskins, expressed that he does not intend to play again, although the door is always open.

“That door would be open a crack,” Cooley said. “But do I plan to play? No. I’m not officially retiring, mostly because I’m a procrastinator. But my plans are to be done. I don’t plan to play. I feel pretty fortunate.”

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Cooley, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft out of Utah State and played for the Redskins from 2004-12. He was one of the most popular Redskins players of the decade and holds the franchise record for receptions by a tight end.

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