Jared Cook is moving from Green Bay to Oakland, where he'll try to not be a Fantasy letdown. Cook should have put together one of his best seasons yet playing with Aaron Rodgers last year, but injuries limited him to another sub-400 yard season with one touchdown. He did perk up in the postseason, catching 18 of 32 targets for 229 yards and a pair of scores. That's what probably got him work in Oakland, where he'll provide relief in the red zone and in the middle of the field for Derek Carr. It's another situation where Cook should get some nice stats, but his track record is too well known. He's not worth drafting outside of deep, deep redraft leagues.
Cook is anticipated to benefit the Raiders by creating matchup problems that lead to more single-coverage opportunities, the team's official site reports. Cook inked a two-year deal with Oakland after coming on strong toward the end of his lone season in Green Bay in 2016. His size and speed combination was particularly impactful during the Packers' playoff run, as evidenced by his 18 receptions for 229 yards and two touchdowns in three postseason tilts. With the Raiders, Cook figures to give quarterback Derek Carr the best tight-end target of his young career, and his ability to stretch defenses vertically should help wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree see more one-on-one looks.
Cook has signed a two-year deal with the Raiders, reportedly worth up to $12.2 million, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Per the report, the first year of the the soon-to-be 30-year-old's deal is fully guaranteed. Cook, who caught 30 passes (on 51 targets) for 377 yards and a TD in 10 games for the Packers in 2016, figures to have an opportunity to supplant Clive Walford as the Raiders' top pass-catching option at tight end. In any case, he'll provide QB Derek Carr with another weapon on offense to work in tandem with top wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Cook is expected to visit with the Raiders, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. After walking away from trips to Seattle and Minnesota without a contract, Cook will visit with a team that has more of a need at tight end. Clive Walford served as Oakland's top option last season, catching 33 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns on 52 targets over 15 games. If signed, Cook would presumably have a shot to push Walford for the No. 1 job during training camp.
Cook is expected to visit with the Vikings, unless he agrees to a contract during his Tuesday visit with the Seahawks, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports. With a return to Green Bay out of the question, Cook is mostly weighing offers from franchises that already have established No. 1 tight ends. A team with a need for a starter could still enter the bidding, but it appears Cook may end up settling for a No. 2 gig, despite finishing the 2016 season with a strong showing in the playoffs. The Packers appear set at tight end after signing both Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks.
Cook is expected to move on after one season with the Packers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The decision to let Cook walk is one that likely doesn't endear itself to Aaron Rodgers, who connected with the tight end 18 times (on 32 targets) for 229 yards and two touchdowns during the Packers' three-game playoff run. On Thursday, Cook was garnering interest from the Bears, Lions, and Bills, landing spots that wouldn't be as enticing on the fantasy front. In any case, it appears as if he'll be joining the fourth organization of his career in the near future.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||New York Jets||27||8.75|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Chargers||14||6.50|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||7||5.41|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||9||6.00|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||21||7.41|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||7||5.41|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||6.50|
|3 Year Avg||75||40||497||1||23||12.43||55|