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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Jets are cool on Cooley

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets' injuries at tight end, coupled with the Redskins' release of Chris Cooley, have fueled speculation (mostly among fans) about possible interest in the former Pro Bowler.

Ain't happening. The Jets have no interest in Cooley.

And I can't blame them for feeling that way. Cooley is 30 years old and has missed 20 games over the past three seasons, including 11 last season. He's basically an older version of Dustin Keller, a pass catcher more than a blocker. The Jets need a sturdy blocker at tight end, not another receiving type. They have Keller and Jeff Cumberland, who is returning from a concussion.

True, the Jets haven't replaced the versatile Josh Baker (season-ending knee injury), but I suspect GM Mike Tannenbaum will find a body over the next few days.