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Cooley talk underscores TE wish

Posted by Darren Urban on July 22, 2015 – 12:24 pm

There is nothing new on the Jermaine Gresham front, other than the veteran tight end visited the Cardinals. But now comes the Adam Schefter report that the team also talked to former Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley — who hasn’t played since 2012 — about possibly signing. Hard to tell what Cooley might have left in the tank, but it certainly underscores the reality that the Cards want to add a veteran tight end given their inexperience at the position. Cooley has apparently been ramping up his workouts thinking he could indeed play again.

I know I’ve had questions about former ASU/Desert Vista tight end Zach Miller as a possibility. I don’t know what his health situation might be; he was dealing with a season-ending ankle injury.

Veterans report to camp a week from Friday.


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29 Responses to “Cooley talk underscores TE wish”

  1. By tyman on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    Cooley seems like a pretty funny guy. Cant hurt to give him a shot.

  2. By Dr. G. on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    Sorry, SK…. We just don’t need additional TEs. We can do very well choosing from the 5 or 6 on board right now. Please don’t look for a guy who has been slowed by injuries just ‘cuz he is cheap. The gamble is not worth it. Arians has not yet wanted skill guys anyway. But, I hope he employs Fells to help the Offense…this guy can be a Star if they give him a chance.

    Off Subject to Kyle’s earlier post on the return game. Peterson indicates that he had lots of blocking protection from the Veteran players during his stellar 2011 year…’nuf said. Instead of running with the gunners, keep a couple huge blockers back to deck them when they arrive… g’day Cards Fans

  3. By D on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    To be fair to Mr. Keim, this year’s UFA class for TE’s was not exactly good. I wouldn’t want AZ paying for a TE over 5 mil per year considering how minimal BA uses pass catching TE.

    Players that signed for less than $5 mil that were available this spring

    Owen Daniels TE 32 BAL DEN
    Lee Smith TE 27 BUF OAK
    Scott Chandler TE 29 BUF NE
    Anthony Fasano TE 31 KC TEN
    Jacob Tamme TE 30 DEN ATL
    Robert Housler TE 27 ARI CLE
    James Casey TE 30 PHI DEN
    Phillip Supernaw TE 25 BAL TEN
    Kellen Davis TE 29 DET NYJ
    Daniel Fells TE 31 NYG NYG
    Dante Rosario TE 30 CHI CHI
    Matthew Mulligan TE 30 TEN BUF
    Ryan Taylor TE 27 MIA KC
    Tony Moeaki TE 28 SEA ATL
    Richard Gordon TE 28 KC KC
    David Ausberry TE 27 OAK DET
    Bear Pascoe TE 29 ATL CHI

    I didn’t list Gresham or Z. Miller due to injury concerns.

    39 yr old Tony Gonzalez?

  4. By Tyler on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    Wow didn’t see this one coming – his veteran leadership is a huge plus, but I question what the two year sabbatical from football has done to his play.

    Omitting his chequered history of injuries – I still think Gresham is the better option. He is more apt to fit into Bruce Arians’ style of offense given his knack for blocking too (third best blocking TE last season according to PFF).

  5. By Scott H on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    Chris Cooley? Really, fellas? A guy who has been retired for 3 years?

    Has it come to this???

    What is the point here? Even IF Cooley – by some tremendous miracle – had something to offer, the TE in this offense is a blocker first, a pass catcher second. Maybe. Anyone see Cooley wanting to come here to block?

    My God, man, just go out and get a PROVEN TE who you KNOW is a good, solid TE. One who is not recovering from injuries. One who isn’t coming back from being retired for 3 years. OK, maybe that’s not gonna happen NOW, at this point in the 2015 off-season. But when are we going to dispense with this approach of throwing a bunch of peas at the window, hoping one of them sticks??? That is the approach every year with the TE position for this team. And we haven’t had one damn pea stick yet.

    Looks like 2015 is more of the same.

  6. By georgiebird on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    One question about all this TE (retread) talk. Are the Cards trying to be an 8-8 team or a 12-4 team?

  7. By krehbieo14 on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    IMO, the only way that the Cards are going to get a bonifide, elite, experienced tight end is to trade for one. The Cardinals have had a history of bringing in retreads to the TE room. Enough already! Niklas and Fells are good, but I’m not sold at this point.

  8. By Dynosoar on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    This is where the TE squad needs to march into BA’s office and tell him they WILL get the job done and then show him in camp that they mean it.

    He loves it when players step up to the plate and say “this is my time and no one’s taking it from me.”

  9. By Canadian Redbird on Jul 22, 2015 | Reply

    I hope this exercise results in trying to develop and give opportunity to those on our current roster. I like what they have; plain and simple. Stop this foolishness.

  10. By Eazy E on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Get Gresham! This sounds good years ago, but now meh… I liked him back then but meh now.

  11. By Marlin on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Doesn’t need to be a free agent. We can trade for a TE.

  12. By rod on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    It’s just doodie

  13. By tkm on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    –never seen a team that thought in had to have 10 tight ends on it to survive

  14. By Andy Kw on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    I can see why the Cardinals want an experienced veteran Tight End. Darren Fells, Troy Niklas, Ifeanyi Momah, & Gerald Christian are an ascending young group of guys but only have a combined total of 0TDs in the regular season.
    -I like the people the Cardinals have been targeting for Tight Ends. Both Jermaine Gresham and Chris Cooley are very good blockers and both can be dominant with the ball in their hands but can they stay healthy?

  15. By Paul on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Are you kidding, you have an up-and-coming superstar TE in Fells

  16. By BigBobDiesel on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Since the cards have zero leverage on Gresham, I would imagine this is a name being thrown out there to possibly make Gresham take less money. Obviously, I could be wrong.

  17. By Steve . on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: would you say a trade for an established TE is possible if Keim does not come to an agreement with any of the free agent Tight ends?

  18. By Darren Urban on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Steve –

    RE: trade

    I could see a trade even if someone signs.

  19. By jaime on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Fells great, he could be a monster at TE!!!

  20. By D on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    Tomlin sure got over paid. Can’t wait for that Card vs Pitt Game this year…you know BA has that one circled.

  21. By azdesertrat1953 on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    It’s not even the 1st day of Training Camp for 2015 and all you All can do is gripe about not having a TE that is a pro-bowl player or that we will be 8-8 if we don’t get the perfect TE.
    WHAT?
    Who was the TE that got us to a playoff round last year, and the one that was The TE in 2013?
    That’s right, none of us can name just One TE as The TE. So what is all the fuss over the TE’s?
    It is what it is with the position. If there is anyone that can come in and help the TE’s we already have Steve Keim and company will do everything they can to get the Best TE that can be had and that’s All anyone can do.

    Does any of you think that BA, SK and Michael Bidwill are just suddenly going to stop doing what it is that they do, and have done, for the Arizona Cardinals?

    GO CARDS!!!

  22. By Jim Koch on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    I love the idea of bringing in Cooley. Even if he’s not the player he once was( probably a given since he’s 33) has anyone ever heard of leadership qualities? They were put in this position due the unexpected retirement of Carlson. Whether its Cooley or Gresham neither will command an expensive, long term contract at this point. As far as the young guys proving to Arians they can do the job they must be able to remain healthy first( Niklas for instance),

  23. By Jim Koch on Jul 23, 2015 | Reply

    I’m also intrigued by Ifeanyi Momah, I heard he caught everything thrown his way during OTAs. Also impressed that he joined Palmer and other Cards out in Cali for workouts organized by Palmer. Fells also impressed late in the season last year. If they aren’t able to land Cooley or Gresham I would kick the tires on Zach Miller.

  24. By Scott H on Jul 24, 2015 | Reply

    As someone said, it IS kinda foolish to making any fuss over the TE position where the Cardinals are concerned.

    Then again….it WOULD be nice to see the Cardinals adapt to using the TE as an actual weapon in the offense, as many other teams do. Why they have not done this for SUCH a long time….I have no idea.

    Hate to say it because I hate the Seahawks, but….when I see one of the best teams in the league ( and THE best team in the NFC ) go out and trade for one of the 2 best TE’s in football and one of the best red-zone targets on the planet, that impresses me. THAT is a team going for a knockout punch. And the Seahawks haven’t been a big TE-utilization team, either. But they made a big leap toward changing that, and they did it with a NO-DOUBT-ABOUT-IT player. Jimmy Graham is not going to disappear in Seattle. He is going to make them better. Because when you add no-doubt-about -it players, you typically get no-doubt-about-it results.

    Meanwhile, the Cardinals are looking at Jermaine Gresham and Chris Cooley. OK. Don’t be surprised when this turns out exactly as it appears likely to.

  25. By CORMAC on Jul 24, 2015 | Reply

    I say sign both Jermaine Gresham and Chris Cooley , that’s what I say :O)
    We need more veteran leadership to teach the young bucks. Leave language in the contracts, so we can make cuts IF NEED BE when its time to choose the roster. I say let them try and make the team. Compare them to what we have.

  26. By krehbieo14 on Jul 24, 2015 | Reply

    If we are going to be competitive in the red zone, we need an experienced, quality TE to lead – not Gresham or Cooley, a stud like we’ve never had. IMO, look for a trade before training camp.

  27. By D on Jul 24, 2015 | Reply

    Darren –

    Anyway Bethel would agree to an extension during training camp?

    How would this trade sound:

    Cards trade a 6th round pick and Tony Jefferson SS to
    San Diego for Ladarius Green TE

    Tony is a young SS in a crowded secondary for the Cards. Now, with R. Johnson going into his final year, it could cause for some pause, but if traded, Cards still have their starters, HoneyBadger, Buccannon, Johnson and in this scenario, Chris Clemmons would probably make the final 53.

    San Diego really doesn’t have anyone beyond Weddle at Safety, appears a need for a SS in their secondary.

    Now, would they trade their future A. Gates replacement? That is why I added a 6th round pick in addition to Jefferson because their salaries for this year are not that far apart. Green is going into his last year of his current deal.

    If the Cards had Green, Niklas, Fells and Momah under contract they would not have to worry about this position for several years.

    Thoughts???

  28. By Darren Urban on Jul 24, 2015 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Trade

    I do expect Bethel to get an extension sooner rather than later.

    As for a trade, I don’t know. Why would the Chargers want to trade Green?

  29. By Dr. G. on Jul 24, 2015 | Reply

    Just thinking and curious.

    Hey Darren…You must have gotten to know Eric Winston a bit when he was here given his penchant for the media. Would you dare text or call him to do a little fact finding on Washington? NFLPA has different restrictions than the NFL…Thanks… again, just thinking….

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