Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Packers playoff star TE Jared Cook signs with Raiders

Packers playoff star TE Jared Cook signs with Raiders

The reality is that Jared Cook is a nice receiving tight end who will have 2 or so catches every game for a couple dozen yards.

All the talk at the end of the season in Green Bay was how Cook was the team's top free agent and that re-signing him to a long-term contract should have been the top priority.

The Oakland Raiders are about to have a solid pass-catching tight end for the first time in the young career of quarterback Derek Carr as they are on the verge of signing former Packer Jared Cook, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 8-year National Football League veteran has caught 303 passes for 3880 yards and 17 touchdowns over his career.

Past year with the Green Bay Packers, Cook had 4 games in which he had only 1 catch and, in each of those games, he had a maximum of 15 yards.

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Packers GM Ted Thompson then turned around and signed not one, but two tight ends for the team in 2017 - Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks.

Cook helps upgrade a position group that already includes Clive Walford and Lee Smith as the Raiders look to build on last season's 12-4 record that ended a 13-year playoff drought. He's probably best known for his impressive sideline catch of an Aaron Rodgers pass that set up the Packers game-winning field goal in their 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys in a divisional playoff game. Or maybe it's the player with a single touchdown over the last two seasons.

Cook, 29, caught 30 passes (51 targets) for 377 yards and one touchdown in 2016.

Despite not having prolific numbers last season, Cook was a major catalyst for Green Bay's offense.

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