Veteran tight end Jared Cook is once again a free agent after completing his one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. With the Packers signing Martellus Bennett to a three-year contract, Cook will be on his third different team in as many seasons. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cook is scheduled to meet with the Seattle Seahawks.
Cook caught just 30 passes (on 51 targets) for 377 yards and 1 touchdown while with Green Bay. He started five regular season games, played in ten, but missed six due to injury. In postseason play, Cook turned in a stellar performance against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round. Cook caught six balls for 103 yards and a touchdown, but most importantly made this remarkable catch along the sidelines that put Mason Crosby in position to kick the game-winning field goal. He’s otherwise historically been maligned for dropped balls.
This can only mean one thing: Jimmy Graham is about to get released. The Seahawks TE situation is an interesting one. Jimmy Graham is approaching the final year on his contract, Luke Willson is a free agent, ditto Brandon Williams, and 2016 third-round draft choice Nick Vannett saw limited action as a rookie, although Carroll was singing Vannett’s praises at last month’s NFL Combine, stating that he’ll have a bigger role in next year’s offense. If, and I do mean if, the Seahawks sign Cook, I’d like to think it’s Seattle’s answer to replacing Willson, whom I do not expect (and don’t really want) to be re-signed by the team.