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Packers will Reportedly Sign Jared Cook

Jared Cook

The Green Bay Packers are doing something to address one of their many needs. Their biggest one, in fact. The Packers will reportedly sign free agent tight end Jared Cook.

The Packers brought Cook — who was released by the Rams in February — in for a visit two weeks ago. All indications are it was Cook’s only visit since becoming a free agent.

Then the Packers did what they usually do in free agency.

Nothing.

That was obviously a ploy to drive Cook’s price down. The Packers have been preaching patience in free agency since the offseason began, noting multiple times how they wouldn’t overpay for anyone (except their own free agents, obviously).

Cook received a one-year deal for $3.6 million.

Beyond that, the move shores up the Packers’ weakest position entering the offseason.

The team’s top returning tight end, Richard Rodgers, caught 58 passes for 510 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015. His 8.8 yards per reception tell the story there.

Rodgers couldn’t create separation from a defender if that defender were a rock.

Cook had 39 catches for 481 yards in 2015, while playing with a revolving cast of quarterbacks in St. Louis that included Nick Foles and Case Keenun.

What Cook brings to the Packers is a tight end who can stretch the middle of the field. Drops have been a problem — Cook had 10 in 2015. However, he gives the Packers a fast, athletic target to compliment Rodgers, who is the exact opposite (sure-handed, but slow as molasses in January).

Second-year player Kennard Backman, Long Hair, Don’t Care AKA Justin Perillo and Mitchell Henry, who spent most of 2015 on the practice squad, will round out the Packers’ tight end group entering camp.

The signing likely signals the end of Andrew Quarless’ time with the Packers, which we’re real broken up about. Quarless is a free agent and isn’t expected to return.

Finally, it’s important to note that Cook doesn’t hurt the Packers in the compensatory pick department. Since he was released by the Rams, he’s not technically an unrestricted free agent. Thus, the Packers are very likely to come out on the plus side in the free agents lost category once again. That will net them a precious compensatory pick in 2017.

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Joseph Bonham

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31 Comments

  1. Big B March 28, 2016

    Would have preferred L Green but this is good. Just hope he can learn to hang onto the ball.

    1. Packers fan March 28, 2016

      I will tell you who asked for him? stupid ass Jermichael Finley. I cannot stand that idiot or Ted Thompson. Ted Thompson is destroying this team, not helping it. Anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional.

  2. Pack packers rule March 28, 2016

    Hopefully he can block and catch, seems like many packers TE’s only know how to do one or the other

  3. icebowl March 28, 2016

    I’ll believe it when it actually happens……
    T’would be nice if it does…..

  4. V March 28, 2016

    Still would rather see them spend FA money on improving the defense. I think we could roll Janis out there to stretch the middle of the field too.

    Biggest need? How about the fact that we have no nose tackle on defense to start the season?

    But yeah, point production and offensive stats wins Championships, I forgot.

  5. ay hombre March 28, 2016

    Still waiting for VJ’s response to provide a mock draft. But he won’t. He likes to talk about his greatness after the fact.

    1. PF4L March 28, 2016

      Mock drafts are for losers and dreamers. People like Kiper and Mayock have been making a living for years off of guessing. Problem is, they only get usually about 4-7 picks right in the 1st round. If you put stock in mock drafts, you might as well hire a psychic and see how the rest of your life is going to turn out.

    2. vj March 28, 2016

      Very funny but you wouldn’t be laughing so hard if a few of my guys were in Packer’s unis over some, not all, of the selections made by his greatness Ted. All this FA acquisition indicates is that Ted & Co. are not perfect human beings, no GM is, therefore the draft much like free agency is still a crap shoot.

      Now, on to the draft (which I may be attending this year in Chicago). This move actually opens the door even wider to drafting BPA at pick #27. We know we need more depth at the TE position (let’s assume this is only a one year deal for now), we need a two down thumper at ILB, we need a first round graded NT to replace Raji. Finally, we also need to address OLB because of the one year deals left for Perry and Peppers. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Packers once again use the first two or even three rounds to go after defensive talent. In which case, past history tells us that Defensive Line or Pass Rusher would be the answer in the first round. Again, a couple of nice names to be had at pick #27 such as Vernon Butler from La Tech or even Kamalei Correa out of Boise St, among others should be sitting there at pick #27.

      I will reassess and of course provide you with a few targets per round who fit our scheme as we get closer to the draft.

      1. Phatgzus March 28, 2016

        You need more depth at ALL positions, just fucking look at last year. And fucking duh you draft D-line or OLB in the first round if you can, most important positions on D outside CB. How do you know Pennel isn’t the answer? REAL insightful stuff, vj.

        I like how you talk shit yet you conveniently gloss over facts such as your love for Bacarri Rambo when he was in the draft, he turned out to be fucking All-Pro didn’t he?

  6. rebelgb March 28, 2016

    This is good news. Good by actually is dumber than a ‘Gods Gift’ and good by ripping my eyes out trying to watch Rodgers try and get even a step on the slowest LB on the field.

    Word is Cook was too vocal about how bad his QB’s were in 2015 knowing he was in a contract year; souring the Rams on re-signing him. Yeah its not classy to call out your teammates, but at least it shows the guy wants the ball. He wont have that problem in GB playing with one of the best QB’s of our generation.

    Now if he can just avoid blowing out his knee in preseason.

    1. rebelgb March 28, 2016

      Christ fucking auto correct. First sentence should read: ‘Good news because dumber than a rock ‘Gods Gift’ …..

  7. Mel gm in the wings March 28, 2016

    This should help. . Lot to ask, let’s hope he has close to a Pro Bowl year. This should only make Rogers better and Backman. Now if T.T. Would only sign a nose or inside back, Carlos Dansby comes to mind.Now he can reload with the Draft!!!! Super now within are reach.Thanks Ted Mike and all, now no one can fault u if this does not work , I believe u gave it ur best shot. With some can room for next years F. A.s .Go Pack Go

  8. Kato March 28, 2016

    Alright men, assemble the pitchforks and Molotov cocktails, let’s go drive TT out of town!!!!

    1. Packers fan March 28, 2016

      HE IS DESTROYING THIS TEAM, NOT HELPING IT.

  9. Kato March 28, 2016

    On a serious note, I am not sure I like the signing of a malcontent. That being said, maybe being on a winning team with good qb play will change his tune. Can only hope.

    1. icebowl March 28, 2016

      I agree – great article

      Sheds a new light on what goes on inside the heat of TT ….

      Thanks for sharing Kato…

      1. Packers fan March 30, 2016

        Another reason TT is destroying this team.

  10. Mike Ditka's Mom March 28, 2016

    Here’s why this pick will make the Packers worse. If course, I’m using Total TMZ Packers logic here (see James Starks).

    Everyone knows the best free agents get signed the first week of free agency. Because Cook for wasn’t signed by any other team for almost three weeks therefore he must suck. I mean, hell, what did he really do with the Rams or the Titans? Jack fucking shit. Therefore, Thompson signed a shitty TE that will inevitably make the Packers worse. Just look at the Woodson, Pickett, Peppers signings.

    1. Packers fan March 30, 2016

      He has destroyed this team and will be remembered for destroying it.

    2. Packers fan March 30, 2016

      Cook probably sucked because of the quarterbacks he played with. The QBs he played with sucked. Foles is okay but still.

  11. Big B March 28, 2016

    What’s so great about it?

  12. MJ March 28, 2016

    Way to go! At last, a sign of life. Even if it fails, it is an attempt to correct a weakness the team had. Really looking forward to see what this Cook brings to the table.

  13. Packers fan March 28, 2016

    TED THOMPSON IS DESTROYING THIS TEAM. And who is that person who asked for Cook? Oh yeah, that stupid redneck fagboy bitch known as Jerfaggot Jermichael Finley. FUCK JERMICHAEL FINLEY HE IS A ROTTEN EGG WHO SAYS SHIT ON HIS STUPID ASS TWITTER ACCOUNT. FUCK HIM AND @tekkensismyworld, RIP HIS USELESS ASS OUT. IM DONE WITH THAT BITCH. TT ONLY SIGNED HIM BECAUSE THAT DUMB BITCH JF TOLD HIM TO. TED THOMPSON IS DESTROYING THIS TEAM, NOT HELPING IS SO SHUT THE FUCK UP JERMICHAEL YOU THINK ANYONE CARES ABOUT YOUR CRAP YOU SAY. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. YOU SUCK AND SO IS TED THOMPSON. YOU GUYS CAN COME CHALLENGE ME OTHERWISE.

    1. Phatgzus March 28, 2016

      STOP. FUCKING. YELLLLLLLING!!! Trust me it only magnifies the insanity of your “logic”.

      1. Packers fan March 30, 2016

        TT drafts okay but he drafted players to destroy than to help. The good players he drafted that are here are:
        1. Aaron Rodgers
        2. Mike Daniels
        3. Haha Clinton Dix
        4. Josh Sitton
        5. Clay Matthews
        6. Randall Cobb
        7. Jordy Nelson
        8. Damarious Randall
        9. Mason Crosby
        10. Eddie Lacy
        11. Quinten Rollins (learning still)
        12. Sam Shields (undrafted. Shields is a overrated CB he drops passes that’s the only thing I don’t like about him)
        13. James Jones (I watched him play last season. He has played decent. The sad thing is that he was our best wideout last season but the only thing I don’t like about him is that he is inconsistent. That’s the only thing I hate about James Jones. He is a decent receiver.)
        That’s the only good players we have. Micah Hyde sucks because he gets burnt by good tight ends and running backs (For example, he allowed a touchdown to Jordan Reed) and he also drops interceptions that ARE SO EASY to make. TT drafted players to destroy the team than to help the team. The reason I don’t like TT is because he doesn’t really sign free agents to help this team, rather he drafts players and destroy the team. I will give him credit for signing Woodson and Peppers. Last season I saw Peppers played his ass off, including that strip sack of Stafford at Detroit. The bad thing about TT is, HE ONLY signs free agents once in a blue moon (for example, like when the NFC team is the home team for the Super Bowl). Trust and believe me, Ted Thompson will be remembered as the GM who destroyed, not helped, destroyed this franchise!

        1. Packers fan March 31, 2016

          Oh I forgot another good player we have is JC Tretter. He should stay after next year. He can play any position on the offensive line. He stepped up for David Bakhtiari. Let Bakhtiari go and have Tretter stay.

          1. Packers fan April 1, 2016

            Also another good player he drafted was Corey Linsley.

  14. Kato March 28, 2016

    So, let me get this straight. You are saying that the only reason the packers signed cook was because Finley told TT to? LOL. My god how much have you had to drink today?

    1. icebowl March 28, 2016

      Agreed !!
      Figgin’ pretzel logic if ever there was …..
      GerMike is a headcase !

    2. Packers fan March 30, 2016

      Yep. Jermichael Finley is such a buffoon I hope someone calls the police. He even said last season the Packers would still be good without Jordy. Bullshit, the offense sucked but the defense kinda step up. Thats why Jermichael Finley is such a buffoon. He loves TT so much trust me that he loves mediocrity and being a bad team. He loves seeing TT destroy the team. That shows that he is a bitch, faggot, and a stupid buffoon. I hope his name doesn’t go on Lambeau Field’s wall. Why the hell does this buffoon want to nose around anyways? JerFaggot Finley, not A-rod, wanted TT to sign Cook. He mentioned that on his twitter account. We should have got Green instead of going with GerFaggot Finley’s choice. Jared Cook often drops passes like Davante “jerkface butterfinger stone hand” Adams and yeah I understand he played with bad quarterbacks but he dropped passes from them. Good thing we signed Cook to a one year deal to see if he produces or not. If he doesn’t produce, I hope people can go TRASH Jermichael Finley on twitter. EVERYWHERE until nobody likes him. I cannot stand Jermichael Finley he is a idiot and he is a buffoon. Go on JerFaggot’s twitter that it mentions that he said Jared Cook’s name first. Jermichael Finley is a buffoon. TT destroyed the franchise.