Raiders to sign Jared Cook

With Cook on the books and Walford still under his rookie contract, it affords Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie the freedom to pick up a tight end late in the draft if he chooses, to sign an undrafted tight end, or to simply stand pat.

The holdup with Cook is that the Vikings are a strong suitor, and he's now in Minnesota to visit. If you read the press, the addition of free agent tight end Jared Cook is drawing rave reviews as if the signing will give quarterback Derek Carr another impact target in his passing arsenal. This according to Ian Rapoport. Rapoport calls this a "huge addition", and apparently that means the type of player who had 30 catches for 377 yards past year. Since their primary target is gone, they might as well recruit one of the Packers' top tight end last season. He did, however, have a clutch sideline catch to set up the game-winning field goal in the Packers' divisional round matchup against the Cowboys.

The Seahawks are also potential suitors for Cook, and have a visit scheduled as well.

An eight-year veteran, Cook played four seasons with the Tennesee Titans and three with the St. Louis Rams before joining the Packers. Cook had 18 catches for 229 yards and two scores in three playoff games.

In 10 games last season, Cook caught 30 passes for 377 yards (12.7-yard average) and one touchdown. Since arriving in Tennessee back in 2009-2010, he has appeared in at least 10 regular season games in each of his National Football League seasons. In fact, Cook's finest moments in his career came in the playoffs just last season with Green Bay.

  • Loretta Pittman