Report: Jared Cook’s Saints deal to be finalized today

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There was a moment when Jared Cook might have still been available to the Patriots. That moment seems to have passed.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints’ contract with the free agent tight end will be signed today.

Via Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints coach Sean Payton said during this morning’s coaches breakfast: “My understanding is he’s signed (with the Saints). We’re excited to have him.”

It’s a two-year deal worth $15.5 million, with $8 million of it guaranteed this year.

That’s a solid payday for the nearly-32-year-old Cook, and a big get for the Saints offense.

The Patriots were interested in him previously, and after the somewhat surprising retirement of Rob Gronkowski, the door was open for them to make another run. They made similar overtures to wide receiver Adam Humphries after it was reported he had agreed to a deal with the Titans.

But Cook will be a Saint, and he can continue to gush about the idea of catching passes from Drew Brees, after his career season with the Raiders.

12 responses to “Report: Jared Cook’s Saints deal to be finalized today

  1. Another guy who is afraid to win a title and took more money instead.

    Anyone turning down BB and Brady for Payton and Brees is simply afraid to put the work in to be a winner.

  2. wish him the best, sad to see him go, but he is getting paid almost twice as much, and can’t block. TJ or Noah?

  3. Jim Graham couldn’t block either and look at what a stud was when he was a saint.

    I love the sound of patriot tears.

  4. Makes sense that he’d go to the Saints. Changing his mind before signing and heading to the Patriots was perhaps too much of a challenge. Put the money aside for a moment and consider that even with Gronk’s retirement, Cook would be stepping into a situation where right or wrong, the fans and the media (local and national) would be concentrated on just how well he’d fill Gronk’s shoes rather than the contributions he’d be making on his own as Jared Cook.

    Playing in the NFL is pressure enough, but to carry the weight of comparisons going into the playoffs, well, the added pressure could easily distract anyone, even an NFL pro.

    And then you also face the possibility that Gronk comes back in the last half of the season. Talk about pressure…

  5. Pats always do due diligence on FAs but Belichick wouldn’t have matched or exceeded Saints’ offer, not least because according to PFF Jared ranked a lowly 55th out of 64 TEs for blocking.

  6. “They made similar overtures to wide receiver Adam Humphries after it was reported he had agreed to a deal with the Titans.”

    Huh? Think about what you wrote here.

  7. Ok so now I can sign in relief. Read a lotta the comments, eye roll, I will say haven’t seen him play much. He will become a pro bowler in this offense. Talk all you want… it’s just talk. This offense has a third weapon in the middle causing issue for defenses less double coverages for all and now M BRYANT looks more dangerous. So now this makes the SAINTS offense fully open. The 2’s and 3’s can play their rolls. Yeah keep talking.
    Hahahahaha pick your poison hahahahahaha ALVIN hahahahaha MIKE HAHAHAHA BRYANT HAHAHAHAHAHA JARED HAHAHAHAHHA
    WHO DAT …… 110 on the freeway to Miami get outta my wayhhahahhahaha

  8. Jim Graham couldn’t block either and look at what a stud was when he was a saint.

    I love the sound of patriot tears.
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    The irony of Saints fans talking about another team crying when for the last 2 months all they have been doing is crying about a non-call.

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