View Photo Gallery: After eight seasons, Washington parts ways with popular tight end Chris Cooley. “It’s been awesome,” the longtime Redskin said.

Later Tuesday afternoon, there was a bit of clarity on that matter. Cooley, who has not had an agent since the death of Gary Wichard in the spring of 2011, hired David Dunn. Cooley is now a free agent and, given the rise of two tight-end offenses, is likely to have some options — if the right team offers him the right opportunity and the right amount of money.

The early buzz for a couple of teams being mentioned in the same sentence as “Chris Cooley:”

The Miami Dolphins. Miami has a need at tight end. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald wrote last week, after pointing out that Cooley has had injury issues of late and is now 30:

Cooley is a better pass-catching tight end than any player on the Miami roster and he could be a major help to a rookie QB that needs a go-to outlet.

Miami does seem like his kind of town.

The Oakland Raiders. ESPN’s Bill Williamson writes, are inexperienced at tight end, with Brandon Myers, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry. Although, “Oakland coach Dennis Allen has expressed pleasure with the group,” Williams writes that “there is no doubt a healthy Cooley could help.” Heck, he could start. Oakland, however, is not his kind of town.’s Gregg Rosenthal throws out six teams that could be interested in Cooley. But why limit it to six? What about the Chicago Bears, who are going with Kellen Davis, Matt Spaeth, Kyle Adams and Evan Rodriguez? The New York Jets, who haven’t scored a touchdown in three preseason games? The Dallas Cowboys, with Jason Witten recovering from a spleen injury? The Denver Broncos? They’re not far from his Utah roots. The New England Patriots, who seem to never have enough tight ends? This only Day 1; no doubt other possible landing spots will emerge as teams measure their interest and need.

Cooley, 30, is in no rush.

“I’ll take some time and decide what I want to do moving forward,” Cooley said.. “I have every belief that I can play football. I have every belief that I can be not only a productive player, but a starter in this league.”

Where’s the best spot for Cooley? Is it a back-up role with the Redskins or a starting role somewhere else, as difficult as it would be for Redskins fans to see him in another uniform?

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