At 6’5″ and 246 pounds, it is hard to believe he played wide receiver and safety in high school? Jared Cook was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2009 as a late 3rd round pick.
Now, his production has been a little low, but I don’t think he has reached his peak yet. Being a free agent, he could possibly find an offense that gets him more involved and use his size to their advantage. Everybody loves to have a tall and powerful tight-end on their roster who can dominate when it comes to blocking and catch just as good as a regular receiver.
In his rookie season with the Titans, he only recorded 9 receptions for 74 yards in just 14 games. His second season was a tad better, he finished with 29 catches, 361 yards and one touchdown.
He may not be one of those tight end threats like Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez, Rob Gronkowski, etc. And he may not cost as much, but find the right system for this guy and he could potentially reach that level, which is a good thing for Cook.
Tight ends who are on this list are probably going to be looking for top dollar, guys like Delanie Walker, Tony Gonzalez, Dustin Keller, Anthony Fasano, are possibly going to have a bigger price tag next to their name. So whoever takes a look at Jared Cook, could possibly get a steal without having to empty out your pockets. Let’s check out who could use this monster of a man.
1. Chicago Bears - They want to be a consistent offense and yes, they have a 6’7 tight end whose name happens to be Kellen Davis, but he struggled last year. The Chicago Bears haven’t really had much production from the tight-end position ever since they traded Greg Olsen, which allowed them to trade that pick they received from the Carolina Panthers to Miami, for Brandon Marshall. I’m sure Cutler loves being reunited with Brandon Marshall, but Greg Olsen was his go too target when Olsen was a Chicago Bear. I would expected the Bears to do something with at least Matt Spaeth who hasn’t really produced since he was brought on board with the organization. Cook should have a reasonable price tag and could be targeted by the Chicago Bears.
2. Houston Texans - Adding Cook would add more depth at the tight-end position, considering Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham are both 6’3, so throwing in a 6’5 tight end who can go up and snatch balls out of the air should help move this offense in the right direction. Last season the Texans looked as if they were going to lock up the #1 seed and for sure dominate the AFC Playoffs. These two were bothered by injuries last year, Graham who had his best season of his career, had highs in catches (28), yards (263) and touchdowns (3), while Daniels anchored the position recording 700 yards and 6 touchdowns. Considering that James Casey is also a free agent, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Texans take a look at Cook if they can get him at the right price.
3. Arizona Cardinals - They need help at a few key positions and tight-end is definitely one of them. It shouldn’t really matter who they bring in at the quarterback position, just as long as they have a target like Jared Cook to throw to. This team should be busy come March 12th, just curious on who actually wants to go to Arizona. Their defense is solid, but their offense has a lot of problems that need to be fixed. Cook would be a good addition to help revive this offense.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Probably going to be one of the most active teams this off-season when free agency starts. They have been on a few of our lists for different position players when it comes top Top 5 teams for certain players. Dallas Clark is a free agent, could be re-signed but i’m sure Tampa Bay and their front office are going to window shop at each position until they feel comfortable enough to make their offer.
5. Tennessee Titans - If the Titans were smart, they wouldn’t let Cook go. They need to get him more involved in their offense, but why would you want to play somewhere, where you are over-looked? I wouldn’t be surprised if they use a franchise tag on Cook, but nothing really surprises me anymore. I think they could be favorites to bring back Cook, but I’ll say this again. USE. HIS. SIZE! Don’t take this mans talent for granted, or it could bite you on the butt one day when you see whichever team who brings him in, turning him into the pro-bowl tight-end he should be.