Report: Patriots made a run at Jared Cook

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With Gronk’s status still up in the air and Dwayne Allen gone, the Patriots need to make other plans at tight end. And they apparently are.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that the Patriots “aggressively courtedJared Cook before he chose the Saints.

Cook, 31, is actually older than Gronkowski, and Cook entered the league a year before Gronk. Cook’s best season ever came in 2018, when he caught 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns for a Raiders offense that didn’t have a whole lot around him.

Gronkowski caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns in 2018, his worst season featuring more than eight games played since his rookie year. But he came on strong in the postseason, helping the Patriots to another Super Bowl win.

Although the Patriots typically like to have two quality pass-catching tight ends if they can, the decision to pursue Cook before getting a decision on retirement from Gronk raises an important question regarding Gronk’s future: Do the Patriots still want him? Given what he can do if healthy in the postseason, they should. Given his production in the regular season, he could be moving toward the territory in which coach Bill Belichick has a reputation for moving on one year too early instead of one year too late.

And it still may not be too late to get Cook. Despite multiple reports that a deal is close and comments from Cook talking about catching passes from Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Cook still hasn’t officially signed with the Saints. Until he does, Cook remains potentially in play.

13 responses to “Report: Patriots made a run at Jared Cook

  1. The Patriots made a run for Cook but he didn’t want to play for a lifetime supply of Jersey Mike’s

  2. I’m sure the Pats looked into Jared Cook. It would have been irresponsible for them NOT to do their due diligence into them given the questions about their TE position. But before we blow this all out of proportion, consider the source. There are 4 words that are GUARANTEED to increase the value of any agent’s client. “the Patriots are interested”.

    Personally I would have been thrilled if the Pats signed him. He would have allowed the Pats to reduce Gronk’s workload a ton, much like Marty Bennett did in 2016, as well as take the pressure off a currently suspect WR group. BUT not at the price he eventually got from the Saints.

    The Saints paid him starting money and got a starting TE. And while he would have good a lot of targets and snaps with the Pats, he wasn’t going to be THE starting TE, nor would he have been worth starting money.

  3. superpatriotsfan says:
    March 24, 2019 at 3:12 pm
    He wanted to have an honest career

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    GENIUS!

  4. So, according tp Patfanken, Not only do Pats’ fans know everything about their team’s every move, they also know everything about the Saints, including the salaries of players not even signed. Please tell me, sir, now that Gronk has retired, who will start for the Pats, and how much money will he make?

  5. Another guy who knows he doesn’t have the character and work ethic to shine in NE. Good riddance. Go to the cry baby nation and make excuses for every loss.

  6. So, according tp Patfanken, Not only do Pats’ fans know everything about their team’s every move, they also know everything about the Saints, including the salaries of players not even signed. Please tell me, sir, now that Gronk has retired, who will start for the Pats, and how much money will he make?

    Who would have guessed that today would be the day that Gronk announced his retirement. 😉

    That being said, there is no question that SOMETHING has to be done between now and September to bolster that position. They now have another $10MM in cap space to fill the vvoid.

    Lots of time and work to do. The FA season might be over for most teams, but it is just starting for teams like the Pats. Losing Gronk hurts, just like losing Flowers, Brown, and Brown, but that is the nature of the game. 30% of your roster is going to change year to year. As a fan you just have to hope that your FO is good at finding those new people and fitting them in with the rest.

    BTW-I didn’t say anything about Cooks that every Saints fan didn’t already know. They paid starting TE money and got a proven starting TE in return. You don’t have to be a football savant to know that.

  7. I’m not PatfanKen, but Irv Smith, Jr will probably be the Patriots tight end and he’ll make whatever is his draft position is slotted to make.

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