Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen spoke to former tight end Chris Cooley on Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday. But the tight end isn’t close to returning to the Redskins and doesn’t appear to be on the verge signing with any other team right now, Shanahan said.


Chris Cooley remains unsigned after being released by the Redskins Aug. 28. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins released Cooley, the franchise’s leader in receptions by a tight end, on Aug. 28. Cooley still believes he can play in the NFL, but Shanahan said Cooley wanted to be a starter, and that job belongs to Fred Davis.

Cooley hasn’t generated much interest on the open market and remains a free agent. Shanahan never closed the door on a return by Cooley. And last Friday, Allen said he had a meeting schedule with Cooley for this week.

 The two spoke Thursday, according to Shanahan, but didn’t come close to any resolution regarding Cooley’s future.

  “I didn’t talk to Chris, but Bruce had a chance to talk to him a little bit yesterday. It was a good conversation. Chris is such a big part of this organization. He’s been a big part of his organization,” Shanahan said. “He’s looked at his options; we talked about things that could possibly happen throughout the year. But if he did go to another team, it’d have to be as a starter.”

 Cooley played eight seasons for the Redskins, recording 428 catches for 4,703 yards and 33 touchdowns.