Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley will retire from the NFL and join the Redskins’ radio team as an analyst in a multi-year deal.
Cooley, 31, signed his contract with Red Zebra Broadcasting on Tuesday.
Cooley also will appear on Internet and television shows, including Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan’s show on WRC-TV-4, as part of the deal, according to the announcement.
He played nine seasons with the Redskins before being released by the team in training camp prior to last season.
He was re-signed after the team’s starting tight end, Fred Davis, suffered a season-ending injury.
Cooley told the Washington Post that he would not file his official retirement papers with the NFL immediately, leaving open a chance for his return as a player. But, he says he does not intend to play again.