Hogs Haven goes on record.
For the past two years he's been the most consistent receiving target on the team (two 700 yard seasons -- Santana Moss saw substantial production decrease from '05-'06) and does a lot more blocking than the receivers. He also is the only other reliable red zone receiving threat behind Santana Moss, with 13 touchdowns over the past two years (2nd behind Santana, with 16).
We should acknowledge that Chris Cooley has been an absolute bargain in Washington. To put him in perspective, his 2007 salary cap hit is less than Todd Collins, our (possibly) 3rd string QB. He's also a flat-out better tight end than Bubba Franks, who he is compared to in the above article. In three years he's set single-season reception and yardage milestones that Bubba Franks hasn't sniffed. He has more 20+ and 40+ receptions than Franks has had over an 8 year NFL career. The bottom line is that Chris Cooley knows he needs a new contract, he deserves a new contract, we're better off paying him what he deserves now rather than later (after he's inevitably increased his worth on the field), and the amount I'm willing to part with might reach 6M a year over the course of a contract.
We'll play ball with Redskins Insider as well when Jason La Canfora suggests that Rock Cartwright is a true burgundy Redskin deserving of financial compensation:
Both of these players represent "core" Redskins, and not in the campy sense that either/or has the subjective qualities that you or I deem necessary for that uncertain denomination but rather because they've both spent their entire professional careers with the Redskins. Rock Cartwright was drafted in 2002 and Chris Cooley in 2004. There's no reason why both players cannot start and finish in the burgundy and gold. Rock Cartwright won't cost us a fortune, though he's a reliable backup RB and has now made himself worthwhile on kickoff returns. Chris Cooley will cost a pretty penny but has proven repeatedly that he's worth every penny to this team generally and the offense specifically.