Raiders upgrade at tight end with Jared Cook


Free agent Jared Cook spent Wednesday visiting the Vikings but the tight end left without agreeing to a contract.

The holdup with Cook is that the Vikings are a strong suitor, and he's now in Minnesota to visit.

In 2016, the Oakland Raiders saw their best blocking tight end in Lee Smith go down with a season-ending injury immediately, their best athletic pass-catching threat Clive Walford plateau, and even regress, in some areas of his game and were forced to call upon (now) free agent TE Mychal Rivera to do the job. NFL Network first reported the deal and says it is worth $12.2 million over two years with $5 million guaranteed in the first year. His biggest play of the season was the sideline catch with three seconds remaining to set up the game-winning field goal against the Cowboys in the NFC divisional playoff game.

Cook will turn 30-years old April 7, but has never started a full 16 games for any team in his nine National Football League seasons. Rapoport calls this a "huge addition", and apparently that means the type of player who had 30 catches for 377 yards a year ago.

The Seahawks are also potential suitors for Cook, and have a visit scheduled as well. Or maybe it's the player with a single touchdown over the last two seasons.

Has Jared Cook enjoyed some fine moments?

Last season, in what would become his lone go-round as a member of the Packers, Cook appeared in 10 regular season games en route to producing 30 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown. Aaron Rodgers is a more talented quarterback than Carr who makes his receivers look quite nice, and Cook only had one game with more than 8 targets.