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Packers bring Jared Cook in for a visit

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 27:  Tight end Jared Cook #89 of the St. Louis Rams looks on prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers have been typically quiet on the free agent market this offseason, but they may go that route to shore up the tight end spot.

According to multiple reports, they had former Titans and Rams tight end Jared Cook in for a visit on Monday. It’s the first reported visit for Cook since the Rams released him in February along with defensive end Chris Long and linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Cook signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Rams before the 2013 season, but his production didn’t justify keeping him around with an $8.3 million cap charge for 2o16. He had 39 catches for 481 yards last season and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 13 of the 2014 season.

Cook won’t be getting anything close to that deal this time around and the Packers could use a tight end to go with Richard Rodgers next season. Should the Packers feel that playing with Aaron Rodgers will bring out something more in Cook, he could fill that role.

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53 Responses to “Packers bring Jared Cook in for a visit”
  1. 4sacroc says: Mar 15, 2016 4:53 PM

    Git R Done.

  2. ariani1985 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:57 PM

    And he was treated supper at the local apple bee’s, and treated to stale deer jerky and pickled fish for desert, and of course the opportunity to get bribed with fake stock!

  3. deltaoracle says: Mar 15, 2016 4:57 PM

    It’s not just Rodgers who would bring out more in him but also new TE coach Brian Angelichio, who got tremendous production out of Gary Barnidge in Cleveland last season. Despite QBs not anywhere near Rodgers’ level.

  4. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 15, 2016 4:58 PM

    Did somebody wake up Ted?

  5. tjacks7 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:00 PM

    I heard Ted accidentally butt dialed him.

  6. ariani1985 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:03 PM

    When you scrape the bottom of the barrel for FAs every year you’re going to have horrible luck in the playoffs!

    #elwayownsyou

  7. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:04 PM

    A great talent. This would practically be unfair to the rest of the NFL.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Mar 15, 2016 5:04 PM

    I understand bringing Cook in, there isn’t going to be a J. Finley in this class, but if there is a good one, I feel TT will find them, but if not, sign Coook, even though I feel he is a 2nd TE at this point in his career, and they have one all ready with Richard Rodgers, he may be the best option, of course that’s if the price is right.

  9. sfm073 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:08 PM

    There’s nothing more anyone can get out this guy. If you can’t catch the ball there’s nothing that can help you.

  10. worldwargbp says: Mar 15, 2016 5:08 PM

    @ariani1985 – and learned grammer from the 3rd grade class at Appleton West. They even gave a nice lesson on run-on sentences. You should have joined!

  11. bringbackwayne says: Mar 15, 2016 5:09 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 5:00 PM

    I heard Ted accidentally butt dialed him.

    *******************

    This is funny, but you think Ted would have butt dialed someone that is good.

  12. deltaoracle says: Mar 15, 2016 5:10 PM

    Ted already signed a guy off a practice squad. He’s gone mad!
    Anyone else want to tee off on ariani’s straight line about “horrible luck in the playoffs?” You don’t get too many creampuffs like that.

  13. jwcarlson says: Mar 15, 2016 5:12 PM

    Ted, please… make it happen.
    As soon as St. Louis (or LA) released him I was hoping Ted would take a chance on him. There is such a deafening silence at the TE position in GB it’s sickening.

    Can’t be too expensive of an option, I wouldn’t think.

  14. ariani1985 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:18 PM

    You try typing driving with a beer in your hand!

  15. whatjusthapped says: Mar 15, 2016 5:19 PM

    Stick a fork in Quarless, he’s done as a Packer. By signing a FA TE, Ted can save a draft pick for some other position and not yield any comp picks for next year because the Ram’s cut Cook.

    That’s how Ted rolls and 7 straight years in the playoffs shows he is getting results. Any news on whether our poor sisters to the west are going to stick with Blair Choker Walsh? Extra Points are 6 yards back from where he missed on a 27 yard FG so even that will be an adventure.

  16. starrfavrerodgers says: Mar 15, 2016 5:25 PM

    Another street free agent who won’t count against the compensatory draft pick formula. Shrewd move.

  17. ben444 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:28 PM

    Can he play inside linebacker?

    Nothing to see here. He is scrub.

    Ted is so overrated.

    Go Pack GO

  18. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 15, 2016 5:32 PM

    Did Cook drop the phone when they called?

  19. schmitty2 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:35 PM

    Let me tell you about Jared Cook seeing as I watched him for the last 3 years. He can’t block to save his life nor does he care to. He takes a lot of plays off while showing half effort at best. He drops passes that are squarely in his hands. He will have one game where he will catch 5-7 balls and then catch same amount combined over the next month…no matter who the QB is. Oh, and lets not forget he has no issue shoving his QB on the sideline who just threw a pass to him in the endzone that hit him square in the numbers and he dropped it. Is that enough to get you excited Pack fans?

  20. minneanderthals says: Mar 15, 2016 5:37 PM

    This guy has a lot of talent. It remains to be seen if he can string together an amazing season. That being said, it’s better to have that at a position like tight end as opposed to the QB position (like the Vikings).

    If anyone can bring out a great season from Cook, it’s Aaron Rodgers.

    If anyone can bring out a great season from Bridgewater, it’s … … … Yeah I doubt it’s possible at this point.

  21. mcjon22 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:41 PM

    If I were Ted Thompson I would simply build a wall of an offensive line, get the best receivers and Tight ends I could possibly get my hands on, roll that out every Sunday with Aaron Rodgers, and sit smugly in my sky box with a slight grin on my face, knowng I’m guaranteed a minimum of 12 wins ala the Colts during the Peyton/Dungy days.

    Instead he goes barging shopping, neglects free agency, and puts his eggs in the draft.

    He’s done well, but had he been more aggressive in free agency, Aaron Rodgers would have multiple rings instead of just one.

  22. toolkien says: Mar 15, 2016 5:45 PM

    Which simply proves TT DOES go into the free agent market (including resigning his own guys if the amount warrants), he just isn’t going to way overpay. If all the “good guys” go at 150% of their worth and they’re gone, he’s not going to worry about it.

    The one thing is, most Packer fans fail to remember that TT was the Director of Pro Personnel with the Packers. He was a part of getting free agents in the 1990’s. The Packers were VERY good at it at that time. But things changed, and teams led by the likes of Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder and Jeffrey Lurie broke the system. TT isn’t going to pay insane money for anybody. But he signed Woodson for a few years at a nice price, and Julius Peppers. TT knows what a farce free agency is nowadays.

  23. vikinghomer says: Mar 15, 2016 5:49 PM

    I certainly don’t want to see what happens if Packers add a real TE threat to their arsenal…

  24. cribbage12 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:49 PM

    TJacks, InTeddy, funny posts. You got my thumbs up. I just feel a bit badly for you that you have a couple of dolts as Vikings fan brethren who just take your fans down a couple of pegs with inane comments and who wouldn’t recognize a football from a beach ball.

  25. cribbage12 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:51 PM

    Get him in camp Ted and see what the fella can do.

  26. 1952vikefan says: Mar 15, 2016 5:55 PM

    NOT SMART TO GET ON A SINKING SHIP!!!!

  27. ben444 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:55 PM

    Mcjon22. You are so right!

    It is his fault that with one of the best QBs in the league we still struggle to win playoff games.

    Most of his draft picks have been lame and that is what he banks on.

    The Packers need to find a new GM or dark days will come. Look no father then when Arod was down. The Pack was bad during that time.

    Now that Casey is gone Hyde will play more. Yikes! He gives up big play after big play.

    Fire Ted Thompson!

    Go Pack GO

  28. icebowler says: Mar 15, 2016 5:55 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 5:18 PM

    You try typing driving with a beer in your hand!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Congratulations 1985! This is the most comprehensible item that you’ve ever posted.

  29. shaggytoodle says: Mar 15, 2016 5:57 PM

    There is a difference between neglect and being patient… the teams that go on spending sprees the first 2 or 3 days of FA, end up having a mess 2-3 years later.

    The big thing is a lot of the teams that go big in FA do it, because they have struggled drafiing and the GM trying to show his ability to “Acquire talent,” goes out and makes “splash moves”. Those teams like the Bears the off-season they paid Peppers and many others, or like the Phins the last couple years, it Rarely works out. The few times it does, is usually, because the original team is worried about an injury lingering, like Manning or Brees, other than that Free Agents more often than not end up being players that teams didn’t mind letting walk.

  30. housemusic1200 says: Mar 15, 2016 6:00 PM

    It’s funny reading all the “Aaron will make this guy good” comments. We heard the same thing last year when Jordy went down. Then halfway through the season, it switched to “our season was over when Jordy went down”. Make up your mind.

  31. bgoochy says: Mar 15, 2016 6:09 PM

    The Packers don’t need another tight end that can’t catch footballs.

  32. hrmlss says: Mar 15, 2016 6:10 PM

    “You try typing driving with a beer in your hand!”

    That’s what the hands free “Siri” stuff is for, or so I’ve been told…

  33. selfpromotingqb says: Mar 15, 2016 6:14 PM

    Hey Howie Katz
    Make sure you schedule the Packers to come to Soldiers field on open day THIS year.
    The Bears will make sure Aron Rogers season gets off to a great start

  34. axespray says: Mar 15, 2016 6:27 PM

    A 1 year “prove it” deal.
    If he drops a ga-zillion passes, then let him walk.
    If he tries to fight Aaron on the sideline, cut him.
    If he’s productive, let him walk and get a 2018 comp. pick.

  35. glac1 says: Mar 15, 2016 6:28 PM

    I hope the team made him pay his own way to Green Bay or at least deduct it from their offer to him.

  36. leroysbutler says: Mar 15, 2016 6:28 PM

    Hey Howie Katz

    Make sure you schedule the Packers to come to Soldiers field on open day THIS year.
    The Bears will make sure Aron Rogers season gets off to a great start

    ——————————————————————

    Yeah, just like last year when the Pack got to open the season with an extra bye.

  37. fwippel says: Mar 15, 2016 6:35 PM

    Ted’s awake!

  38. whiteybulgersson says: Mar 15, 2016 6:36 PM

    More past their prime players for Ted.

  39. minneanderthals says: Mar 15, 2016 6:44 PM

    Oddly, halfway through last year the packers were still favorites for the Super Bowl.

    You’d be hard pressed to find anyone saying “our season was over when Jordy went down.”

    When the packers were throwing to their 4, 5, and 6th receivers, and STILL went further than the Yikes in the playoffs, but still ended up losing…that’s when we said Jordy would have helped.

  40. selfpromotingqb says: Mar 15, 2016 6:58 PM

    leroysbutler says:
    Mar 15, 2016 6:28 PM
    Hey Howie Katz

    Make sure you schedule the Packers to come to Soldiers field on open day THIS year.
    The Bears will make sure Aron Rogers season gets off to a great start

    ——————————————————————

    Yeah, just like last year when the Pack got to open the season with an extra bye.

    Hahaha thanks for making my point.

  41. pkrlvr says: Mar 15, 2016 7:13 PM

    More past their prime players for Ted? Who else are you talking about? Peppers? If you don’t think he’s earned his keep you don’t know football. Otherwise we are one of the youngest teams in the league.

  42. pkrlvr says: Mar 15, 2016 7:15 PM

    First ariani says Rodgers is a game manager then he says WE have terrible playoff luck. Does reality even factor in at this point?

  43. stellarperformance says: Mar 15, 2016 7:17 PM

    Safe and smart move. There will never be a “Yankees” in the NFL…..a team that is always head and shoulders above everybody else. In the NFL all you can do is put yourself in a position to win. The Packers do this as well as anyone. There is a tremendous amount of luck involved too, but you create your own luck. Losing in overtime to a team that was ranked far above you…..two years in a row… is nothing to be ashamed of. The Packers need to keep building like this consideration demonstrates…..safe and smart. The rest will take care of itself.

    Or….you can get lucky at the right time……exceed expectations altogether…….and kick your good fortune into the stands.

    Losing in overtime means you deserved to be there. Kicking it wide left from the front row means you didn’t.

  44. Teddy BH20's House of Noodle Arms says: Mar 15, 2016 7:23 PM

    There’s nothing more anyone can get out this guy. If you can’t catch the ball there’s nothing that can help you.
    ————
    Not having a garbage QB throwing him the ball might help.

  45. teal379 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:37 PM

    Packers tried to trade for him last year before the deadline – couldn’t get it done with the Rams.

    Now they can pick him up and keep their draft picks. Seems to be smart GM work there…

    Oh – and per sportingcharts.com – Cook had 4 total dropped passes last year.

    46th in the league.

    Dez had more, both in hard numbers and % of targets, as did Edelman, Amari Cooper, Martavis Bryant etc.

  46. nicopenelope says: Mar 15, 2016 7:41 PM

    It’s very cool that a small town like Green Bay has such an iconic NFL franchise.

  47. paochow says: Mar 15, 2016 7:50 PM

    After his “Hands up don’t shoot” protest a few years back, I have no respect for the guy. Only fitting that he signs with the Packers.

  48. packsupersoldier says: Mar 15, 2016 8:06 PM

    I really like this idea. Frees them up to address other needs in the draft. But it probably won’t happen.

  49. cribbage12 says: Mar 15, 2016 8:38 PM

    Mar 15, 2016 7:15 PM
    First ariani says Rodgers is a game manager.

    ///////////////

    This is patently untrue. What he said was “Rogers iz uh gam namajer”.

  50. lp5710 says: Mar 15, 2016 8:49 PM

    hey Arianii1985 maybe you should pay attention to how Mike Wallace just disrespected your child Quarterback in the national sports news instead of trying to be funny here, hey guess what your not funny, but the Vikings are.

  51. skolkr says: Mar 16, 2016 12:50 AM

    That’s what happens when you can’t sign any free agents, they just visit.

  52. lindacaseauthor says: Mar 16, 2016 12:19 PM

    minneanderthals says:
    Mar 15, 2016 5:37 PM
    This guy has a lot of talent. It remains to be seen if he can string together an amazing season. That being said, it’s better to have that at a position like tight end as opposed to the QB position (like the Vikings).

    If anyone can bring out a great season from Cook, it’s Aaron Rodgers.
    ——————
    It’s amazing Cheeseheads how you view AR as infallible especially after watching him last season. I mean even with Jordy returning and even if this TE has any talent, AR has to get the ball to them. Last season he didn’t do very well against good defenses–he crumpled and saw ghosts. It seemed as if quite a few teams finally got his number, keeping him in the pocket and not allowing him to run right. Even poor defenses like the Lions and Bears figured him out. It ain’t gonna be so easy like you all think.

  53. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 16, 2016 12:23 PM

    I am so glad that we are doing something. Even if it won’t matter. At least it gives my Packers the appearance of trying. Albeit not very hard. Or effective.

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