Jared Cook was released by the Los Angeles Rams last month and the 28-year old tight end managed to impress the Green Bay Packers, so impressed that the Packers broke a tradition as to signing free agents with the NFL Draft just around the corner. This week it was reported by NFL.com's Marc Sessler that Cook's main motivation for joining the Packers was the presence of an established, top tier quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson says they always do their free agency home work. He played four seasons with the Titans before signing with the St. Louis Rams in 2012.
His production slowed down for the remainder of the season, but he still finished with 51 receptions for 671 yards and 5 touchdowns. It is reportedly a one-year deal.
The Steelers traded a fifth-round draft to the Eagles a year ago to acquire Boykin, then barely played him at all in the first 12 games. Coach Mike McCarthy spoke at the Owners Meetings about the need for a "big man" to run down the middle of the field in the passing game. What this shows is that receivers and tight ends can punch above their weight even with inconsistency or lack of genuine quality at the quarterback position. The Packers are looking for Cook to complement current starter Richard Rodgers.
Cook was released by the Rams in February along with two other veterans, Chris Long and James Laurinaitis.
For his career, Cook has caught 273 passes for 3,503 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Cook will turn 29 in April. While we think that's nonsense, at least in terms of being the main way an National Football League team hopes to improve from year to year, there are a number of ways the Packers can get better in 2016 by doing nothing. This job was supposedly designated to Andrew Quarless last season, but he unfortunately got injured and was placed on the reserve list. Behind Rodgers and Cook will be former sixth-round pick Kennard Backman, now a second- year player, as well as Justin Perillo and Mitchell Henry.