Cooley should be on Oakland's radar

August, 28, 2012
8/28/12
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The Oakland Raiders might consider signing a tight end in the coming days.

There will likely not be bigger name become available than Chris Cooley. He is now available to the Raiders and everyone else.

Cooley announced he will be released by the Redskins. However, there is no guarantee he will continue playing. Cooley said he’d take time to consider what he wants to do and he is unsure he wants to play for another team.

Cooley, 30, has suffered significant injuries in two of the past three seasons, but he did have a strong season in 2010.

The Raiders are inexperienced at tight end. They have Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry. Oakland coach Dennis Allen has expressed pleasure with the group, but there is no doubt a healthy Cooley could help this group.

But the questions are when will Cooley be ready to play and he can he still play at a high level? If the answers to both those questions are yes, then it would be very much in Oakland’s interest to pursue him.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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