Cooley would like to see Plaxico in a Redskins uniform

The Washington Redskins have been seeking help at wide receiver since before the club invested second-round picks on Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly in 2008.

Now, the club’s only reliable veteran threat, Santana Moss, is a free agent and the position has even more question marks than usual.

Enter veteran tight end Chris Cooley, who believes he has one answer for the position.

Plaxico Burress.

Cooley told NFL.com that he believes the veteran free agent could come in and help the Redskins, who need some playmakers to step up even after drafting another project in Miami’s Leonard Hankerson.

I'm sure we'll try to sign Santana Moss back, but we need a big-time receiver," Cooley said. “We've got to have someone step in and fill that position.

“It's tough when you get guys like T.O. or Chad (Ochocinco), who have been what they are in the NFL for so long. In my opinion, Plaxico Burress probably is a guy that's humbled such as Michael Vick was, a lot, in the same situation. If you were going to take a risk on a guy that's a good player, he's probably the guy you're going to take a risk on.

"He'll probably step in a locker room, keep his mouth shut, work hard and try to earn his way back into the league the first season."

It remains to be seen if Mike Shanahan will also be high on Burress, who may not have as many suitors as some expect. Few expect Burress to be a "big-time receiver" as Cooley suggests the team needs.

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