Jared Cook is one of the top free agents available on the offensive side of the football and there are a few teams that could use an upgrade at the tight end position. One of those teams is the Green Bay Packers, who hosted Cook for a free agent visit last week. Mike McCarthy certainly sounds interested in bringing the tight end on board, but acknowledged that it’s up to the financial side of things now.
McCarthy said he talked with Jared Cook for a while during visit. Sounded impressed but acknowledged financial side too
— Weston Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) March 22, 2016
Green Bay has been dead quiet in free agency outside of bringing back a couple of players. Ted Thompson has never been the type of general manager to go out and spend big money in free agency and has always seemed to rather build during the draft.
While it makes sense not to overspend in free agency, the Packers do need help at the tight end position.
Aaron Rodgers isn’t getting any younger and the Packers have to go all in for another Super Bowl in the near future. Signing Cook would give the Packers a major boost on offense. Richard Rodgers was solid last season, but he doesn’t bring the physical abilities that Cook has and simply isn’t as good of a player.
Last season with the St. Louis Rams, Cook had a bit of a down season. He caught just 39 passes for 481 yards and no touchdowns. Those numbers have lowered his value a bit this offseason, which could very well be exactly what the Packers needed to be able to afford bringing him on board.
At 28-years-old, Cook still has plenty of high caliber football left to play. Playing alongside a quarterback like Rodgers would make life much easier for him.
All of that being said, it will be intriguing to see whether the Packers end up making a move with him or not. They could choose to simply go with Richard Rodgers once again in 2016.
Expect to hear plenty more news and rumors come out surrounding the Packers in the next few weeks.