Chris Cooley retires, joins Washington Redskins as radio analyst

Cooley spent his entire 9-year NFL career with the Redskins. Photo: Associated Press

Former Washington Redskins tight end and fan favorite Chris Cooley will retire from the National Football League and join the organization as a radio analyst, the team announced Tuesday.

Cooley, who spent his entire 9-year career with the Redskins, will join play-by-play announcer Larry Michael and commentator Sonny Jurgenson on game broadcasts.

He was briefly released by the Redskins before the 2012 season after chronic injuries forced him to miss much of the 2011 campaign. He was re-signed midway through the season though, making one catch in eight games for the NFC East champions.

Cooley's new segment during broadcasts, "Cooley's Corner," will air every quarter beginning with the Redskins' preseason opener Aug. 8 against the Tennessee Titans.

The wildly-popular tight end was drafted by the Redskins in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Utah State. In nine seasons, Cooley collected 4,711 receiving yards and scored 33 touchdowns.

It's the second major move by the Redskins radio broadcasts this year. In June, longtime Redskins broadcaster Sam Huff stepped away from the team after 36 years.