Today the Raiders added to their already potent offensive arsenal by adding tight end Jared Cook on a 2-year, $12.2 million deal. This according to Ian Rapoport.
The #Raiders and TE Jared Cook agreed to terms on a 2-year deal worth up to $12.2M, source said. The first year is fully guaranteed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2017
Cook will team up with Clive Walford and Lee Smith to make a very good looking tight end trio.
The 6-4, 235-pounder was initially expected to re-sign with the Packers, but when they couldn’t get a deal worked out, the Packers instead signed free agent Martellus Bennett and let Cook walk.
The Raiders have been looking for a second receiving target at the tight end position to go along with Walford. Mychal Rivera is currently a free agent the team is not expected to sign him back.
The 29-year-old Cook has seen his receiving numbers go down over the past couple seasons, catching 30 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown in 10 games last season. The 8-year NFL veteran has caught 303 passes for 3880 yards and 17 touchdowns over his career.
His overall numbers last season weren’t great, but he’s coming off an outstanding postseason with the Packers in which he caught 18 passes for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns, helping the Packers reach the NFC Championship game. That no doubt raised his value in his eyes and the interest from around the league.