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Jared Cook also high on Dolphins target list

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Though the entire world expects them to throw piles of money at Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, he might not be the only pass-catcher the Dolphins target.

According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins have also put Titans tight end Jared Cook high on their list of targets.

They’ve talked to a number of agents for tight ends (which they should, if Cook plays them for leverage like so many have), but Cook seems to be the preference.

Cook’s an excellent receiver, and if they could pair him with Wallace and the re-signed Brian Hartline, the Dolphins would have surrounded second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill with plenty of options in the passing game.

Now if they can protect him and run the ball occasionally, they’ll be set.

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12 Responses to “Jared Cook also high on Dolphins target list”
  1. cmiller7 says: Mar 11, 2013 7:35 AM

    Like that strategy, go offense in FA and defense in the draft

  2. stevemo says: Mar 11, 2013 7:48 AM

    “(which they should, if Cook plays them for leverage like so many have)”

    This just goes to show how influenced some people are by shoddy local reporting. I’m surprised this is news to a guy who works in sports media, but news flash: every team is/has been used for leverage multiple times a season.

    Anyway, I like Cook. I’d prefer they grab Cook and forget about Wallace, but if they manage to sign both that’d be okay too. I just question Wallace’s ability to be “that” guy, but you can’t deny what he does bring to the table. Imagine if secondaries played Miami’s offense like they did last year with Wallace in the fold.

  3. offthelows says: Mar 11, 2013 7:51 AM

    That’s a lot of coin to plunk down at the catching weapons spot in one off season

  4. fuglyflorio says: Mar 11, 2013 8:03 AM

    The Dolphins are like a drunk frat boy at Hooters.

  5. cantonbound13 says: Mar 11, 2013 8:30 AM

    I’d love to see them get Cook & Walace but I would have gone after Cruz, Jennings or Boldin instead of overpaying for Hartline.

  6. coltsluckdynasty says: Mar 11, 2013 8:33 AM

    Luck may have taken a beating last year, but the front office drafted him weapons, so he could build a rapport in his first year. The dolphins have already set this kid back, and I hope your expectations are limited, because you could build a team, and if the chemistry isn’t right, you will lose. Get you some mike Wallace, it’s sad that that guy is considered your savior. Again, why Miami will always be a joke..,,

  7. ajb3313 says: Mar 11, 2013 8:46 AM

    I like this given that most reports are saying the money players were expecting isn’t there. Originally, Cook’s camp was saying he wanted to get paid like a starting wide receiver, which is asinine for a guy whose best season is 760 yards. Cook’s speed alone is an upgrade over the plodding Anthony Fasano, who isn’t a bad player but does nothing to threaten a defense.

    I also like the idea of addressing the offense in free agency and the defense through the draft, though I hope like hell they find a Randall Cobb-esque playmaker with one of those top-100 picks.

    Also, just say no to Mendenhall.

  8. FinFan68 says: Mar 11, 2013 9:06 AM

    A pass catching TE is important in that offense. Fasano is decent but not scary. If Wallace plays to his potential he is a good fit for Miami. If his immaturity, lack of focus and drops show up it is a bad move. Regardless the price tag is supremely inflated. The good Wallace is worth $7-9M. I would rather they get a more rounded #1 receiver that can run all the routes and fight for the ball. They can find a burner in the draft. Cook or Walker + a complete receiver would be better for Miami than breaking the bank on Wallace.

  9. falcons999 says: Mar 11, 2013 9:38 AM

    Sign Wallace and Cook (would prefer the more complete Bennett) to go with Hartline then trade Bess and draft Tavon Austin. That would be a high powered offense.

  10. falcons999 says: Mar 11, 2013 9:39 AM

    Oh, and say no to Mendenhall!!!!

  11. hercstar says: Mar 11, 2013 9:56 AM

    coltsluckdynasty says:
    Mar 11, 2013 8:33 AM
    Luck may have taken a beating last year, but the front office drafted him weapons, so he could build a rapport in his first year. The dolphins have already set this kid back, and I hope your expectations are limited, because you could build a team, and if the chemistry isn’t right, you will lose. Get you some mike Wallace, it’s sad that that guy is considered your savior. Again, why Miami will always be a joke..,,

    Is this even english? Tannehill has been “set back” because they didn’t have a top flight receiver in his rookie season? Wallace is the best available option and they are rightly targeting him. They let Reggie Bush, Jake Long and Sean Smith walk rather than overpay and they are looking to upgrade at TE via free agency so they can use their haul of picks (more than any team other than SF) on the OL and defense in a draft that is very deep at those positions. Do any of the WR in this draft blow anybody’s skirt up? Sounds like a sound plan to me. The only joke I see around here is your punctuation.

  12. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 11, 2013 3:21 PM

    @ hercstar

    Hey I agree with you but be easy, going after Indiana fans’ punctuation is like picking up the fat chick in the sorority party. BTW not every team can tank the season to go after the no brainier franchise QB. also the better point is Indy’s FO drafted Luck “weapon” not weaponS- TY Hilton. Why not pick up some FA offensive threats for Tanny? worked for Flacco, and Tanny did so well throwing to guys holding up “will play receiver for food” signs. His potential with help can work out well. I’m not crazy about Wallace, and only the dimmest of fans are crowning him savior, but deep threats don’t grow on trees. like you said this is a weak receiver draft

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