Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will retire from the NFL and become an analyst on the team's radio broadcasts, reports The Washington Post's Mark Maske and Dan Steinberg.
Cooley spent his entire nine-season career with the Redskins. Washington selected him out of Utah State in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He made an immediate impact, playing in all 16 games as a rookie and finishing with 37 catches.
Cooley's role grew, and he became a reliable option for Redskins quarterbacks. He posted career bests with 83 catches for 849 yards in 2008, the second of his consecutive Pro Bowl appearances.
KING: Johnny Manziel putting his NFL reputation at risk The Redskins released Cooley before last season's training camp, but when an injury ended tight end Fred Davis's year at midseason, Cooley re-signed with the team. He appeared in eight games and caught one pass.