If the Green Bay Packers turn to free agency at tight end, Jared Cook would be a great option.
The Packers have used free agency to sign a tight end in each of the past three offseasons. They should draft a tight end this year, but if they also decide to use free agency, Jared Cook would be one of the top options available.
Cook played a key role in the Packers’ “run the table” finish to the 2016 season, but he wasn’t re-signed the following spring. Green Bay replaced Cook with former teammate Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett.
The following year, new GM Brian Gutekunst brought in Jimmy Graham to a three-year deal.
Despite making a number of signings at tight end in recent years, Cook is the only one to make an impact in the Packers offense.
Cook only finished the 2016 regular season with 377 yards and a touchdown, but he missed six games due to injury. Cook had some big performances that helped Green Bay late in the season, including an 85-yard game against the Chicago Bears.
His best work came in the playoffs. Cook caught five passes for 48 yards in the wild-card win against the New York Giants, before finishing with 103 yards and a touchdown in the last-second victory against the Dallas Cowboys a week later. And it was his incredible sideline-catch that set up Mason Crosby‘s game-winning field goal.
The Packers lost the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, but Cook had another good game with seven receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Cook has experience working with Aaron Rodgers, and he is coming off an 896-yard, six-touchdown season with the Oakland Raiders.
The Packers will likely address the tight end position in April’s draft, but if Brian Gutekunst decides to sign a free agent, Jared Cook would be a great choice.