The two free agents the Green Bay Packers absolutely had to have back were linebacker Nick Perry and tight end Jared Cook. They accomplished the first on Thursday, but it now appears there’s a real chance they won’t accomplish the second at all.
Talks between the Packers and Cook have broken off. Like guard T.J. Lang, Cook has apparently had enough and will look at other options.
Contract talks between the Packers and free-agent TE Jared Cook have broken off, per source. Cook expected to visit other teams.
The teams we have heard are interested in Cook include Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo.
If you are wondering just what in the hell the Packers are doing right about now, you’re certainly not alone.
It’s entirely possible Cook wants to be paid like one of the top tight ends in the game. While Cook did some good things for the Packers — mostly in the playoffs — he’s coming off a season of 30 catches, 377 yards and one touchdown. He also missed six games to injury.
Those aren’t best-in-the-game numbers. They’re not anywhere near that.
You can be sure the Packers are dangling the playoffs out there in these negotiations as well. Last season was Cook’s first trip to the playoffs in his career. Good luck with playoffs in Chicago or Buffalo…
At any rate, I am just speculating at what’s going on here.
What I can tell you is that, once again, the Packers have painted themselves into a corner, just like they did with Perry. The cupboard is bare at this position if you don’t sign Cook.
You’re not going to pull a No. 1, day one tight end out of the draft. That’s a position that takes at least a year to develop in the pros — even a high draft pick.
In other words, the Packers haven’t effectively stocked the tight end position for years. They either have to (probably) overpay for Cook or they’re a worse team in 2017.
That is, unless they want to replace him with Martellus Bennett.