Report: Jared Cook in Green Bay, set to sign with Packers

AP

The Packers under General Manager Ted Thompson are known for their patient approach to free agency, with patient a euphemism for what seems like open disdain.

But they may be close to making their annual move.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, former Rams tight end Jared Cook is in Green Bay and is set to sign.

The Packers brought Cook in for a visit two weeks ago, kicking the tires on a guy who was once a high-profile free agent signing (getting a five-year, $35 million deal from the Rams). But his production dipped, and the Rams cut him in February before the move to Los Angeles.

Since he was released, he wouldn’t count against the Packers in the compensatory pick formula, which is part of the way they do business. And he’s shown in the past he can be a weapon, and would give them someone to pair with Richard Rodgers as targets for Aaron Rodgers.

81 responses to “Report: Jared Cook in Green Bay, set to sign with Packers

  1. He didn’t do anything w/ the Titans, they let him walk. He didn’t do much more w/ the Rams which is why they let him walk. But GB will fix what ails him, right?

  2. If the Packers could combine Cook and Rodgers best attributes they would have a pretty good receiving TE. Jared Cook can run, break tackles but drops a lot of passes. Richard Rodgers catches everything but runs like an offensive lineman and falls down if anyone sneezes in his direction. Last season Rodgers caught a 5 yard pass, there wasn’t a defender within 10 yards of him and yet he turned up field and was tackled for 1 yard by a DB that weighed about 70 pounds less then him.

  3. Hm. Not sure about this one Ted. Would have like too see us “splash” a bit more this offseason. Maybe get a backup qb? Whelp can’t be worse then last season. Let’s see it boys. Vikes are gonna be good… GO PACK!!

  4. This is hardly a game changer, Cook doesn’t block any better than Richard Rodgers which is to say they hardly block at all. Cook has much better speed and that will be the sole reason he will be a Packer. He will have to learn how to hang on to the ball because dropping passes will earn him a ticket out of town.

    My prediction, a low level contract with built in incentives.

  5. TT was finally able to persuade/con someone into moving to the village known as Green Bay and join that team with those godawful uniforms and be associated with that delusional fan base.

  6. I think he helps the Packers … will add some speed to the TE position. Cook has had a lackluster career to date, but he’s been asked to catch passes from a list of horrendous qb’s on both the Titans, and the Rams. He should be in heaven catching throws from Aaron Rodgers.

  7. Methinks his production will go up once he has a QB named Rodgers tossing them his way, as compared to the Titans and the Rams. If this signing happens, look for a NT or ILB to be first draft pick. He isn’t a game changer, but neither are any of the TE’s in the draft including Bielema’s prodigy from Arkansas.

  8. Definitely an upgrade, say what you will trolls about his time with the Titans and Rams, now he will have the best QB in the league throwing him the ball…..now the draft can focus on a back up tackle and defense

  9. If suddenly there is an explosion of moth’s in Green Bay – it can only mean the Ted opened up his wallet for the first time in a couple of years… 😉

  10. Don’t believe all the “DROPPED PASSES” baloney. That was from St Louis fans who didn’t like the fact he didn’t live up to his hype. Cook had officially 5 dropped passes in 2015.
    The problem was StL had QB issues. And he had the same problem in Tenn – no QB.
    I’m sure the deal is a low salary with a boatload of performance related bonuses.
    With a quality QB like Rodgers he should have a better season. Hopefully a career season.

  11. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Mar 28, 2016 9:06 AM

    Hm. Not sure about this one Ted. Would have like too see us “splash” a bit more this offseason. Maybe get a backup qb? Whelp can’t be worse then last season. Let’s see it boys. Vikes are gonna be good… GO PACK!!
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    hard to believe your moniker if you believe a “splash” would be to sign a back up qb? did u see the young man from ucla last year. anyone who did, knows the pack got a steal and that tolzien, a Wisconsin boy and I love him too, was not going to be the backup after hundley would have a year to watch and another of MM qb camps. cook is as big a “splash” as we get.

  12. 13xs

    I agree 100% with your assessment of this move. There isnt 1 TE in this draft as fast or as big as Cook.

    We need a early round OT, and 2 dlineman.

    Ted can do whatever he wants after that.

  13. Should be exciting to see what he can do with a good QB..Here is a list of cook’s starting quarterbacks:
    Vince Young
    Kerry Collins
    Rusty Smith
    Matt Hasselback
    Jake Locker
    Kellen Clemans
    Sam Bradford
    Austin Davis
    Shaun Hill
    Nick Foles
    Case Keenum

  14. For all you Pack fans that say Cook will suddenly have a career year because he has the “best QB in football” throwing to him here is a little newsflash for you…. it doesn’t matter who is throwing you the ball when it hits you square in the hands and you drop it nor does having the “best QB in football” suddenly make you a better blocker. The guy gives half effort on 90% of the plays.

  15. As others have mentioned, he’s played with a lot of mediocre to bad QB talent. He finally has a guy who will put the ball on the money, but it’s up to him to make the catch.

    They finally have a TE again that can run up the seam, and the defense will have to respect that, whether he’s thrown the pass or not. This will open up crossing routes for Cobb again. Cook will be valuable between the 20’s, but Rodgers is still the guy you want in the redzone. He catches everything.

  16. schmitty2 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 9:50 AM
    For all you Pack fans that say Cook will suddenly have a career year because he has the “best QB in football” throwing to him here is a little newsflash for you…. it doesn’t matter who is throwing you the ball when it hits you square in the hands and you drop it nor does having the “best QB in football” suddenly make you a better blocker. The guy gives half effort on 90% of the plays.

    The defense still has to respect the speed. Even as frustrating as Finley was with his drops, he had an incredible synergistic effect on the offense due to his ability to run and stretch the field. And frankly, some guys just don’t give 100% effort when their team stinks. Winning consistently is a pretty huge cure for guys with effort issues.

  17. People need to get off the dropped passes thing.

    He dropped 4 passes last year – percentage of targets – he drops less than Dez, Bryant, etc.

  18. After looking at the stats and taking into account that Bennett is out of the division, it looks like the Packers have the best TE in the NFCN.

    I was shocked to see how much more production he has had than what I’m told is a future HOF TE in Kyle Rudolph by Vikings fans.

  19. I’d be willing to bet Cook left money on the table to go to Green Bay. I’m sure Ted offered him an average contract. Cook probably wanted to see how it compared to other potential offers. I think GB was the right balance of cash and opportunity.

  20. Packer fans are drooling over this guy and he couldn’t even crack the PFT Hot 100 free agent list.

  21. That picture shows Cook practicing Aaron’s patented cheating fake face mask penalty move.

  22. Looks like a lot of former Rams players will go to teams that actually have a chance to win. Good for them . Their careers are short , might as well be on teams that actually care about winning. Its good to see that the football doesn’t actually revolve around LA like the new Rams fans think it does.

  23. Teddy BH20’s House of Noodles says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:07 AM

    I was shocked to see how much more production he has had than what I’m told is a future HOF TE in Kyle Rudolph by Vikings fans.

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    At first I thought this was impossible. Then I looked it up, stats over the past 3 years:

    Cook: 142 Rec, 1,786 Yards, 12.6 Avg, 37.2 Yds/G, 8 TDs

    Rudolph: 103 Rec, 1,039 Yards, 10.0 Avg, 31.9 Yds/G, 10 TDs.

    Darn it.

  24. starrfavrerodgers says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:05 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 9:50 AM
    For all you Pack fans that say Cook will suddenly have a career year because he has the “best QB in football” throwing to him here is a little newsflash for you…. it doesn’t matter who is throwing you the ball when it hits you square in the hands and you drop it nor does having the “best QB in football” suddenly make you a better blocker. The guy gives half effort on 90% of the plays.

    The defense still has to respect the speed. Even as frustrating as Finley was with his drops, he had an incredible synergistic effect on the offense due to his ability to run and stretch the field. And frankly, some guys just don’t give 100% effort when their team stinks. Winning consistently is a pretty huge cure for guys with effort issues

    While I will agree he has decent speed up the seam he still has major flaws. It’s just mind blowing that people on this site are always singing the praises of a player just because their beloved team signs them. Take it from fans from the team who have watched him the last 3 years. The guy CAN’T block nor will he consistently try to block. He has brick hands in key situations and doesn’t have the best attitude. If you Packer trolls want to argue this we can argue it all day. Go Google week 3 of the 2014 season-Rams vs Cowboys. Austin Davis hits Cook square in the hands in the endzone and he drops it and on the sideline Cook shoves Davis like it was his fault. That’s the kind of guy you want on your team?

  25. Dropped passes are only possible with an accurate QB, not one who relies on Hail Mary’s and free plays on bad calls for half his yardage. Cook will be fine.

  26. Dropped passes are only possible with an accurate QB, not one who relies on Hail Mary’s and free plays on bad calls for half his yardage. Cook will be fine.
    ————
    I find it odd that Rodgers has the highest career passer rating of all time , 6th highest career comp% all time and 5th highest yards per attempt all time being an inaccurate QB.

  27. A mild “yay.”
    I wish they’d sign Dansby, but two in one season is asking the nearly impossible from TT.

  28. A move like this begs the question:

    Does it improve the position from the prior year? The answer is yes. The guy doesn’t have to be an all-pro game changer, he just needs to be better than what they had.

    This is the same question asked when they brought in Peppers, which has worked out great!

    With a QB like Rodgers, this guy could be a real diamond in the rough.

  29. So you’re saying the Packers might actually make a Free Agency move?? Here’s the part where the Pack fans shut up about their team not needing to pick up Free Agents and flip-flop to say this is a genius move…

  30. Bottom line & I do not like TT as a GM.

    This offense hasnt been the same since JMike retired. Cook is almost a carbon copy of JMike in all measurables.

    All Cook has to do is run fast down the seam, this will open things up underneath for Nelson & Cobb along with forcing single coverage on Janis & his 4.35 speed.

    I really am glad TT opened the checkbook for Cook. I don’t expect him to be an all pro but I do expect him to make a positive influence on the offense.

  31. Here’s the part where the Pack fans shut up about their team not needing to pick up Free Agents and flip-flop to say this is a genius move…
    ————-
    Nobody has said that they don’t need to sign FA’s once in awhile……AT THE RIGHT PRICE. They are fine not signing the big name FA’s early in FA who tend to never actually live up to the over-priced contract that they are signed to and then just get release a few years later.

    You know….FA signings like Bernard Berrian, Greg Jennings, etc. Even though he wasn’t a free agent, you could also include giving up a draft pick and paying him an unthinkable 11 million last year to Mike Wallace.

    Ryan Pickett, Charles Woodson, Julius Peppers are all examples of FA signings by TT that worked out very well. Spending big $$$ on big name FA’s rarely pans out. If they are really difference makers worth every penny, they usually never leave their team to begin with unless there are some extenuating circumstances ie. Peyton Manning.

  32. I like this signing. Immediate upgrade for sure. And I’d be pretty surprised if this contract is worth much. GB has been in tight end hell for long enough. Cook seems like a worthwhile gamble that could pay off really well.

  33. Not that surprising that GB made this signing as the Rams had cut Cook, that means there’s no hit on Ted’s precious compensatory picks.

  34. jrsamps says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:44 AM

    He will get to play for 2nd place this year in the NFC North
    …………………………………………………………………

    I think well be fine, the bears and the lions are about a year away from contending

  35. It’s the a decent move, I am glad they added a TE. The guy averages 40 catches and 500 yards a year, so I do think he could improve upon that, but I still feel he is a 2nd TE even though Richard Rodgers would be the guy in that position mostly. There are some decent TEs to draft from, but it seems to be pretty limited as far as a field stretcher down the seem as far as speed goes.

    Even though he drove Packer fans nutty, it’s safe to say that they miss having a TE that was just silly when it came to creating mismatches in Finley. Those players don’t come around often though,

  36. Done deal. Just hit the wires. The more I read about this underutilized guy, the more I like. Big. Fast. He’s already drawing Fantasy League attention now that he’s paired with Aaron Rodgers. A steal.

  37. Actually Shaggy, the general consensus is that the TE class is not very deep at all. The top ranked TE is only ranked up there because the rest of the field is so poor. In fact, Henry has a much lower ranking than Fauria and we’ve seen what a bust he’s been.

  38. I live in St. Louis and Jared Cook is garbage and has no heart or hustle. So you’re getting a tight end with stone hands that will be a drag in the locker room. DONT DO IT

  39. I understand that there isn’t an ELITE TE in the field, but the Packers don’t need an elite one, just one that can stretch the seems with good speed for a larger athlete that can catch the ball, like Adams out of South Carolina. I recalled TE’s being faster than 4.6 but they just happen to be players grouped into TE’s that played other positions in college.

    I think the Packers could do a lot of good things with Adams, but they can’t draft him too high either, they need to get him in the middle rounds.

  40. I live in St. Louis and Jared Cook is garbage and has no heart or hustle. So you’re getting a tight end with stone hands
    ————–
    But according to the stats he only had 5 drops last year. That doesn’t exactly equate to stone hands to me. I did see a high profile drop against the Cowboys and him shove the garbage backup caliber QB though. That was not nice.

  41. crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:55 AM

    Dropped passes are only possible with an accurate QB, not one who relies on Hail Mary’s and free plays on bad calls for half his yardage. Cook will be fine.
    ===================================

    Aaron Rodgers is 6th all-time in completion percentage and first all-time in passer rating. Even the most casual NFL fan would know that a couple of Hail Mary’s and some free plays (which every QB gets, and there’s skill involved in executing those) aren’t going to skew statistics amassed over several years.

    Of course, if you don’t really follow the NFL and just watched some highlights last year, you would focus in on Rodgers Hail Mary plays and not much else. My wife even commented that “Rodgers always does that” after watching the second one on some sports station one night. I think she can name about 2 players in the NFL and has never watched even a quarter of football.

  42. As a Packer fan, the contract seems a little high for the talent. Not way out of whack, but higher than I’d have expected out of Ted. If Nelson comes back whole, and Lacy puts away the pneumatic fork, the Packers should be formidable on offense. If Lacy can provide enough to keep the passing lanes open, the Packers MIGHT be approximating the 2009-2011 era when Rodgers was “taking candy from a baby”. If the Packers can draft/sign/produce a decent ILB, and the flock of secondary guys pan out, the Packers might be the Super Bowl contender they went into last year as.

  43. It’s actually a 1-year, $2.75M contract. That is the cap charge. The extra $900,000 is if he makes the Pro Bowl and meets receptions and touchdowns numbers. Seems like a good deal for both sides as a Test Drive.

  44. jjb0811 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 8:56 AM

    He didn’t do anything w/ the Titans, they let him walk. He didn’t do much more w/ the Rams which is why they let him walk. But GB will fix what ails him, right?

    _____

    You must be unfamiliar with quality NFL quarterbacking.

  45. He’s the first outside free agent signed in Green Bay so of course the fans are ga-ga. Any move by the turtle named Ted Thompson gets the Cheeseheads excited. Big deal. But can Lil Erin be effective against good defenses? That’s the operative question. Time will tell.

  46. jrsamps says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:44 AM
    He will get to play for 2nd place this year in the NFC North

    ===================================

    As long as we are in the playoffs we really could care less. Our latest Super Bowl Victory came from a Wild Card run.

  47. lindacaseauthor says:
    Mar 28, 2016 6:47 PM
    He’s the first outside free agent signed in Green Bay so of course the fans are ga-ga. Any move by the turtle named Ted Thompson gets the Cheeseheads excited. Big deal. But can Lil Erin be effective against good defenses? That’s the operative question. Time will tell.
    /////////////////////////////

    who?

  48. The threat of him in the middle of the field is the issue that will cause defenses to step back onto their heels. GB isn’t going to have a TE with 700 yards. 45 catches for 500 is fine with me. His presence will soften the outside and lanes for Eddie.

  49. queens are just jealous because they have no need for a deep threat over 25 yards since Teresa Bridgewater can’s throw it that far anyway

  50. So they finally get a free agent and it’s a TE. I know TT might seem new to this whole free agency but shouldn’t they be looking for linebackers and or “D” help. They are old all around the d and unless they plan on drafting a lot of defensive players then maybe it will be ok. Clay has only been there 7 years but it seems like it has been 10-11 years and he looks tired. Plus peppers is showing age towards the end of last season and they just paid who was it Devito all that money when they should have split it with bj raji and or maybe went after Wilkerson. They have a little $ and they keep letting go of decent DBs. This team is wasting Rodgers best years and it will be sad if he never gets ring 2 considering how good he is. This team has Basically blew two chances for rings – once in 2011 with the gmen beating them and then laying the egg against Seattle a year ago. I think they need a coaching change if he can’t get there this year. Maybe they can bring in Coughlin for a couple years. I bet he could get them a ring or two in the next 5 years with that QB. I think teams get a little complacent with their coaches hanging around for to many years. Happened with the Eagles with Reid and belicheat was nearly 10 years removed from his last ring until that interception. And don’t get me started with Tomlin who is way overrated. He won with cowherd guys and blew his own vs. GB. I just think it is a 5-6 year gig and then bring in new blood. Just like players coaches should have to move on too.

  51. I swear I see more and more fans of other teams sniffing around Packers forums. It’s kinda like when a girl would hit you in the third grade because she had a crush on you. Cook has the speed I like and the tenaciousness the Packers need. People are judging a mostly blocking tight end who was being thrown passes by Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker (remember him?), Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kellen Clemons, Austin Davis, and Nick Foles. Now he’s on one of the best offensive teams in the league whose GM only signs free agents who have produced. I for one am excited, but I smell dissent in Packernation.

  52. pearlhaggard says:
    Mar 29, 2016 1:21 PM
    I swear I see more and more fans of other teams sniffing around Packers forums. It’s kinda like when a girl would hit you in the third grade because she had a crush on you. Cook has the speed I like and the tenaciousness the Packers need. People are judging a mostly blocking tight end who was being thrown passes by Matt Hasselbeck, Jake Locker (remember him?), Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kellen Clemons, Austin Davis, and Nick Foles. Now he’s on one of the best offensive teams in the league whose GM only signs free agents who have produced. I for one am excited, but I smell dissent in Packernation.
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    Best offensive team??? Did you even watch a single game last year, where this “best” offensive team lost to the hapless Lions and Bears and were decimated in the regular season by the Broncos and Cards and finished the division 3-3? Cheeseheads call it a “fluke”, naturally, but until the Packers reverse what happened last year, the rest of us are skeptical. Let the Packers prove it, and until they do I for one don’t want to hear about past glories–I want to hear about what’s gonna happen in 2016. Unfortunately, NONE of us know what will happen until the season starts, not even the Cheesehead faithful, even though they pretend to know everything. #graspingatstraws.

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