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Cardinals interested in signing ex-Redskins tight end Chris Cooley

The Arizona Cardinals have spoken with tight end Chris Cooley, who has said he wants to make a comeback, and have expressed interest in signing him, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Cooley, 33, left the NFL after the 2012 season and started a broadcasting career, but he never officially retired and has been working out hard this offseason with an eye on returning to the league.

Cooley first said as much on his radio show on ESPN 980 in recent months, saying about playing again that "I'll just say that I want to." He reiterated that stance in a recent interview with The Washington Post.

He said that he's been working out hard since January, running routes at the Redskins' facility and dropping back to his playing weight of 250 pounds.

Cooley had said that he could not imagine playing for a team other than the Washington Redskins, fearing it would tarnish his legacy. After two years away from the game, however, Cooley told the Post he no longer fears this would be the case.

In nine seasons, all with the Redskins, Cooley, a two-time Pro Bowler, has 429 receptions for 4,711 yards and 33 touchdown catches.

The Cardinals' tight end room currently consists of Troy Niklas, who's entering his second season; Darren Fells, a 29-year-old former college and international basketball player; Ifeanyi Momah, who has never played a regular-season game after entering the NFL in 2013; and Gerald Christian, who was the last player drafted this year. Ted Bolser and rookie Gannon Sinclair are also on the roster but aren't likely to make the team.

The Cardinals also were scheduled to host free-agent tight end Jermaine Gresham for a visit this week.

ESPN.com's John Keim and Josh Weinfuss contributed to this report.