Going back to Cali.
At least tight end Jared Cook can say that.
Discarded by the Green Bay Packers, even though Aaron Rodgers essentially demanded his return, Cook is going to land with the Oakland Raiders.
#Raiders are expected to sign TE Jared Cook, source said.
Cook spent one somewhat lackluster regular season with the Packers, which was followed by a pretty great postseason. It was the first postseason of Cook’s career after spending time with the Tennessee Titans and then the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.
There have been a number of conflicting reports that have come out about how the Packers handled Cook before signing Martellus Bennett.
Cook signed for less than Bennett.
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.
It was initially reported that Cook wanted more than Bennett ended up signing for. That was debunked the next day. In fact, Cook said the Packers never even offered him a contract.
A lot of misinformation out there..I definitely did NOT turn down a deal…but one thing I can say for certain…
Thank you packers fans for such a epic experience. Had a great year, played w/some great teammates. Thanks for the support! You are amazing!
Now, of course, that doesn’t mean the Packers and Cook didn’t discuss numbers. They most certainly did.
Cook likely said here’s my number, the Packers said here’s our number and we suspect they could have met in the middle. Instead, the Packers just said to hell with it and went out and signed Bennett.
And of course Cook’s starting number was going to be something stupid. That’s how you start negotiations, isn’t it? Ask for what you want and then agree to what you’ll settle for.
This whole situation has been kind of awkward. Here’s a guy everyone wanted back and then the Packers went out and grabbed a better replacement.
So with that, we’re happy for Jared Cook. Goes back to Cali, gets to play with another good quarterback — only the second in his career — and probably gets to be in the playoffs again.
We’ll always have this, baby!
And we’ll never forgot it. You’re a boss, Jared Cook!