Cook was brought in by the Packers during the offseason on a one-year contract to add depth at tight end alongside Richard Rodgers, but the team will have to remain patient while Cook heals from this recent foot surgery. The procedure was described as "preventative" to ensure a minor issue doesn't turn into something serious during the regular season. The team expects to have their 6-foot-5 tight end back for training camp, but they won't rush their newest offensive weapon as he'll be an important piece of the puzzle throughout 2016.
Cook was released by the Rams earlier this offseason after finishing with 39 catches for 481 yards and zero touchdowns in 2015. Now, he'll join the Packers on a one-year, "prove-it" deal in hopes of landing another long-term contract down the road. Fortunately for Cook, Green Bay's glaring lack of speed at tight end makes him a unique target on offense, and a quarterback of Aaron Rodgers' quality is surely an upgrade from any of the signal-callers he's played with across his seven-year career thus far.
Jared Cook is on the verge of signing with the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
The two sides had discussions earlier this month and did not agree to a deal, but it appears they kept in touch, and have now agreed to contract terms. Expect full details to be announced shortly.
A third-round pick in 2009, Cook hasn't really lived up to his billing through seven NFL seasons. The pass-catcher never topped 700 yards in his three years with the Rams, and while some of that can be attributed to quarterback play, much of that falls on him as well. Cook possesses the athleticism of an elite tight end, but it hasn't turned into production. It's possible he'll find a starting role with another team, but there are also a few better options on the market.
Jared Cook may be released before the 2016 season, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
The Los Angeles Rams will save $5.7 million against the 2016 salary cap if they cut Cook, who has repeatedly proven to be no better than a low-end starter. Even with the team lacking other pass-catching options, releasing Cook seems like a pretty obvious move. The free agent class at tight end isn't great, but guys like Ladarius Green and Zach Miller at least offer some shred of upside, whereas Cook has already had plenty of opportunities to make good on his impressive athleticism. He's also a poor fit for the St. Louis offense, with the team presumably hoping to lean heavily on Todd Gurley.
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