Jared Cook about to take visits after Packers talks break off

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When Jared Cook was on the field for the Packers last year, he was pretty good.

But he’s apparently not heard enough from them to want to stay.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the free agent tight end’s talks with the Packers have broken off, and he’s set to take some visits.

The Bills, Lions, and Bears have been mentioned as being interested, though more teams could emerge.

Cook caught 30 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown in 10 games, though he was much better as the season went along. At a time when quarterback Aaron Rodgers needs more targets, it will be interesting to see how they proceed once he talks to others and gets a sense of his market.

And if he does take any visits, here’s a free heads up — don’t offer to take him out for wings.

57 responses to “Jared Cook about to take visits after Packers talks break off

  1. Here’s why the talks broke off:

    Ted: “We’d like to offer you more money but Aaron wants a new $30 million contract.

    Jared: “Wait, that jerk is still going to be on the team?”

  2. The Packers are a much better team with him on the field. Resigning Cook seems like a no brainer. Just get it done already Ted!!!!!!

  3. I like it. Cook drops the easy passes that must be made. Now the money we were going to spend on him we can use elsewhere on defense, perhaps. It’s a deep draft class for TE’s.

  4. Those stats are pretty pathetic. I get it, he made a few big plays in crunch time towards the end of the season. But those numbers dont lie. He is looking for a bigger pay day than he is worth and the packers are smart for not over paying him. They said, “fine, go test the market and you will see how much you are worth and prove us correct.”

  5. Why is this so hard for some people to understand? Cook has been assigned a value by, and to, the Packers organization. If he wants more than that, it’s not going to happen. If his value is greater to another team, so be it.

    It’s just like used cars. A guy may think his ’89 Civic with the nine-horsepower, coffee-can muffler tip is worth 30k, and he may find a buyer at that price… but it won’t be me.

  6. He may not shine with shine with the Bears finding balls going his way that are high, low, behind, and every which way but near his body.

    Also being led into a defender across the middle is anything but a picnic and he may find his arms becoming shorter after a few of those.

  7. tjacks7 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:02 AM

    Is there a worst run franchise in the league?

    Step 1: Get franchise QB.
    Step 2: Waste said QBs career.
    Step 3: Repeat.
    —————-
    Yes.

    Step 1: Join the NFL in 1961.
    Step 2: Never win a championship.
    Step 3: Repeat.

  8. Tjacks7, every packer thread, really? Worst run franchise in the league yet we have a record 8 consecutive playoff appearances since your team last won a playoff game. Please go away with that nonsense.

  9. truthbetold109 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:57 AM

    And the first comment is again from a vikings fan making up “fake news”.
    ________

    What you call “fake news” the rest of us call “a witty and entertaining comment.”

  10. When your star QB makes a rare plea to keep a player, you would think the GM would listen, but knowing how TT operates that was probably the kiss of death for Cook. Can’t wait til he retires.

  11. What you call “fake news” the rest of us call “a witty and entertaining comment.”
    ——
    You must not understand what those little thumbs below the comment mean.

  12. IT was rumored that he was asking over 45 million on signing. Rodgers found out and said he wanted more money so he basically made the deal die.

  13. Well the Bears paid $6M a year for a #2 TE, which probably means someone will go ham and offer something like 2yr/16M for Cook.

    I thought Cook is probably “worth” in the 5 to 6M a year range for a 2 year deal. I can’t really see the Packers going over that if they want to resign Lang or proactively extend 2018 FAs (Adams, Burnett, Linsley, Taylor).

  14. Thompson really has no idea what he is doing. He is going to pay Perry 12 million a year for 5 years while also paying Mathews 13 million plus this year, both players who have shown they can’t stay on the field. Clay should be cut save another 13 million, would have cut Cobb and used the money to sign Alshon. If Thompson was paying any attention he could have resigned Perry for 6-8 million a year if he offered him before the end of the season, when he should have already decided to keep him. And now he is going to let Lang and Tretter walk but resigns Barclay. I wouldnt even want Barclay on my 90 man roster let alone 53. And he’ll probly pay Lacy instead of letting him go to the vikings, and let the Raiders sign AP for 4 million instead of actually helping the Packers win a Super Bowl. And now he won’t give Cook a three year 10 million dollar deal to keep him, maybe he’ll bring Perillo back. Oh and lets not sign any corners, we’ll draft two in the first two rounds of the draft, because that worked well two years ago.

  15. I seriously doubt anyone is going to tremendously overpay Cook. If you can’t resign him you’re probably just penny pinching. There are a lot of needs on defense that need to be addressed that will be hindered if you decide you need to address TE in the draft.

  16. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:17 AM

    What you call “fake news” the rest of us call “a witty and entertaining comment.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The only ones that find your comments witty OR entertaining are your other accounts, the voices in your head, and the other kids in your remedial math class.

  17. Is there a worst run franchise in the league?

    _______________________________
    Cleveland, Minnesota, Detroit, Jets, Bills, Dolphins, titans, Rams, Jaguars, Minnesota* and on and on.

    *sucks so bad it had to go twice.

  18. Like rats fleeing a sinking ship.

    I mean come on…a packer chose to join the browns instead of staying in Green Bay.

    That says a lot! Just how bad is it in Green Bay!??

  19. tjacks7 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:02 AM

    Is there a worst run franchise in the league?

    Step 1: Get franchise QB.
    Step 2: Waste said QBs career.
    Step 3: Repeat.
    _____________________

    worst? The Browns. worse? plenty, including your lowly Vikings, who have 2 playoff victories since 2001.

    The Packers have two playoff victories since Jan 7th. Being a Viking fan you might not be aware of this, but Championships require playoff victories….

  20. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:58 AM

    Why is this so hard for some people to understand? Cook has been assigned a value by, and to, the Packers organization. If he wants more than that, it’s not going to happen. If his value is greater to another team, so be it.
    ———————————————————————
    Here’s why it’s so hard for people to understand: GB was 10-3 in games Cook played last season and 2-4 in those he didn’t.

    What is there about these stats which don’t understand?

  21. pkrlvr says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:19 AM
    When your star QB makes a rare plea to keep a player, you would think the GM would listen, but knowing how TT operates that was probably the kiss of death for Cook. Can’t wait til he retires.

    ***

    That could be the issue. Now Cook probably over values himself due to that. Who knows.

  22. Vikings fan here,

    From afar, it seemed to me that Cook was pivotal in that late season run the Pack had, hell they came pretty darn close to getting to the Superbowl. I’m not sure they win all those games in a row without Cook.

    Look, nothing makes me happier than seeing the arch rivals to the East screw things up, but as a football fan, this doesn’t make sense to me.

    Many of my good friends are Packer fans, and we talk all the time about how the Pack are squandering Rodger’s prime years. A Superbowl victory is awesome (I’d kill for one), but to have A-Rodg and only have one Superbowl appearance could be looked at as a disappointment.

  23. Wow, deja vu. Another offseason and another comment section full of MN trolls telling us how the ship is sinking. Ironically it’s their team that went from division winner to 3rd place and an 8-8 record while the pack went to the nfccg but yeah, it’s OUR ship that’s sinking. Right.

  24. That could be the issue. Now Cook probably over values himself due to that. Who knows.
    ——-
    Good point. Anyone know what the Packers offered him?

  25. “Is there a worst run franchise in the league?”

    Lol many actually, the Vikings being a shining example of wretchedly run teams.

  26. pkrlvr says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:21 AM

    What you call “fake news” the rest of us call “a witty and entertaining comment.”
    ——
    You must not understand what those little thumbs below the comment mean.
    _______

    I’m not sure, but I think I applied it correctly to your comment.

  27. It would be great to have Jared Cook back. But the Packers are not going to overpay him. It’s that simple. He played well when he was available, but Rodgers can make a lot of guys look good, and the draft is fairly deep in big, fast tight ends.

  28. Yes, it’s a deep draft in almost everything GB needs, but you only have so many choices and everyone misses on some. They need to re-sign Cook.
    I’m sure TT is cackling about the extra sixth round picks he’ll have next year, but let’s use a little of the money we have this year.

  29. contra74 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:39 AM
    Like rats fleeing a sinking ship.

    I mean come on…a packer chose to join the browns instead of staying in Green Bay.

    That says a lot! Just how bad is it in Green Bay!??
    _____________

    GB was not going to pay him that much to be a back-up. Unlike minny, we have offensive line players that can start elsewhere.

    Interesting thing is this very player chose the Browns offer over the vikings. Evidently Cleveland was a more attractive place to start than Minnesota.

  30. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:58 AM
    Why is this so hard for some people to understand? Cook has been assigned a value by, and to, the Packers organization. If he wants more than that, it’s not going to happen.
    ——–
    I’m guessing the part thats hard to understand is how your GM always goes the cheap route and has wasted almost the entire career of a first ballot HOF’er.

    Let me ask you this, what is your team saving the salary cap for every year? Have they ever spent close to the cap?

  31. leatherface2012 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 11:31 AM
    just pay aaron 160 million a year. then he can do it all himself
    _______________

    Hey, leatherface!! Welcome back man. Most of us thought you died from senility. Based upon your past comments, that was a reasonable conclusion.

    Glad to see you are back to your incoherent ramblings!

  32. Dont overeact without details pack fans. Who knows what kind of jack the guy is asking for. If he is asking the same as martellus bennett…mb is a better te. Maybe tt is shopping too. Relax. Its jared f’n cook!!

  33. coming from personal experience, it is frustrating when the company you’re working for places a market value on your position, and intentionally aims to compensate you under that market value so you can “grow into the position and/or gain incentives.” Then you have other people looking at the same position with a different set of experience getting offered a greater amount (but still under 100% market value). Your natural tendency is to try to get as much as you can.

    Cook had some critical catches last year that played pivotal roles in games. Problem is, the sample size is just too small for him to demand more than what the market wants to pay him.

  34. just pay aaron 160 million a year. then he can do it all himself
    ——
    The Rodgers salary jokes are really funny coming from fans of a team that is paying Sam Bradford $18m next year. That’s several million more than Arod will earn. Let that sink in trolls.

  35. rferris143 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:30 AM

    Thompson really has no idea what he is doing. He is going to pay Perry 12 million a year for 5 years

    ____________________________________
    Perry’s contract has incentives
    Here’s a 2017 breakdown of the contract:

    Cash value: $20.8 million
    Salary-cap charge: $5.855 million
    Signing bonus: $18.5 million
    Weekly roster bonus: Up to $600,000 ($37,500 per game active)
    Workout bonus: $400,000
    Base salary: $1.3 million

  36. They don’t give trophies in the NFL for participating…..just Super Bowl victories…..and we have 4 of ’em. Your team, not so much. Cheers.

  37. How old are you rubes that continue to bang these “Thompson is a bum” and “McCarthy is a stooge” drums? 18? 24? Maybe 30?

    I get the bitterness from Minnesota folks…they are what they are…sympathetic followers of a championship-less organization. But the rest of you, Packers fans included, obviously don’t know your football history.

    You want to see ineptitude in Packer-land, go back to the late 70’s and 80’s and look up that mess. If any of you clowns can then come back and proclaim Thompson and McCarthy as misfits, then your reading comprehension skills are severely lacking.

  38. The Vikings spend heavily in FA and look where it’s gotten them. Nowhere. HIGHEST paid O-line in NFL history… and the worst there’s been in a long, long time. They keep players too long and overpay. They paid Peterson WAY more than he was worth for the past few years, where TT would have shown him the door.

    I get it… you purples want the Packers organizational philosophy to leave Titletown and follow the Vikings into Loserville… but it’s not going to happen.

    Instead of telling us how the Packers should be run like the Vikings, you should be BEGGING Spieldope to run the Vikings like the Packers.

  39. Cook’s agent asked for a4 year deal with lots of guaranteed money. Rumor has it at $30 mil and $15 mil guaranteed.
    The fact is he’s going to be 30 when the new season starts play. He’s a chronically injured player even while in St Louis and Tenn. He’s not Gronkowski. Adios Jared !!

  40. He did haul in some amazing catches in the playoffs but there’s No way he’s worth more than 4-5 million a year…if that. He missed almost half the season and this team needs help on defense more than anything!!

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