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Packers Haven’t Closed Door on Jared Cook

Jared Cook

We were all real excited when the Green Bay Packers brought tight end Jared Cook in for a visit early last week. That excitement quickly dissipated as the Packers stayed true to form and did nothing after his visit.

Were the Packers not interested in Cook?

No, the fact that they brought him in says they were interested. More likely, Cook is overvaluing himself, asking for more money than the Packers — or anyone else for that matter — think he’s worth.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy reinforced that assumption on Tuesday. While raving about Cook, McCarthy was also sure to point out the business side of the equation.

“I spent a lot of time with Jared Cook and he’s a fine, fine young man,”  McCarthy said. “I was impressed with him. So we’ll see what happens. It’s in the business phase of it and that’s where it stands.”

We interpret that as the Packers are still interested in Cook, but aren’t willing to pay whatever salary he’s demanding.

The longer Cook remains on the market, the more his price will drop, unless he plans on retiring. That puts the Packers still squarely in play.

Frankly, as far as we can tell, they’re the only team in play. If Cook has visited any other teams since being released by the Rams, he’s done it in top secret mode.

There simply are no reports of him visiting anyone besides Green Bay.

The number of teams in need of a tight end isn’t increasing either. At this point, it certainly seems Cook’s options are either, A. take whatever the Packers offered or, B. wait around until training camp and hope a team loses their tight to a season-ending injury.

Cook just might find himself retired like Jermichael Finley did back in 2014 if he goes the latter route.

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Joseph Bonham

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8 Comments

  1. Kato March 23, 2016

    TT should just pay the guy whatever he wants. They need to panic and sign him.

  2. Kato March 23, 2016

    I blame TT for breaking Aaron rodgers collarbone in 2013. I think he also drowned philbins son in 2011. I also blame him for letting the 49ers draft kaepernick and then not letting the OLBs know they are responsible for outside contain on qb options. I also blame him for pointing a laser pointer in bosticks eye causing him to drop the onside kick. Ah hell, I blame him for telling Randall to vacate his zone against the cardinals. Fire him, he is clearly plotting against the packers.

  3. Big B March 23, 2016

    What are you like 7 years old?

  4. Dave Wilson March 23, 2016

    TT knows we need a TE and should try and at least pursue Cook. Ron Wolf said his biggest mistake was not giving Brett Farve more weapons. TT should learn from his mentor. How about Marcilius Bennett is he available. We need a TE who can make a difference. That makes the wide receivers and RB’s even more dangerous. Starks was the best screen back we had last year. With a excellent TE those would be even better. Someone to push Richard Rogers is good.

  5. Cheese March 23, 2016

    Just like how they signed Woodson and Peppers. Wait until your the only team in the league interested in a guy and then they have no other choice but to sign with you.

  6. Justin March 23, 2016

    I don’t get how Ted had such a hard on for Finley but not cooks. They are 100% the same player.

    1. Ferris March 24, 2016

      He drafted Finley so he refused to give up on him.

  7. noname March 24, 2016

    have you seen cook’s record? he has had 2 touch downs in 4 yrs., ball seems to slip out of his hands and no other teams looking at hin…lol Kato, is that what u really want?