The Oakland Raiders made one of the smart moves in the free agency market today. The team officially signed former Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook on a two-year deal on Thursday. The move further bolsters the Raiders offense for next season and one person who seems to be happy to have him is none other than quarterback Derek Carr.
The Oakland Raiders had a great performance last season as they were able to enter the playoffs with a 12-4 win-loss record. However, they were booted out by the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Playoffs ending their impressive run. But things is looking bright right now as they were able to get one explosive player in Jared Cook.
According to NFL.com, Jared Cook agrees to sign a two-year, $12.2 million deal with the Oakland Raiders. The arrival of Cook gives an added arsenal to the Raiders pass-catching weapons and the team expects that he will perfectly fit to their system. Cook will be joining his fourth team in eight seasons in the league having been played for the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers.
Aside from the Raiders, the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings also made a pitch on Jared Cook trying to pry the 29-year old tight end from South Carolina to join them. But it looks like the Oakland Raiders have the edge of getting him with the help of quarterback Derek Carr.
The two-time Pro Bowler quarterback reportedly assists the Oakland Raiders in the recruiting efforts to land tight end Jared Cook. Though he is not getting any younger, Cook can still be very effective by turning to his veteran smarts and vast experience in the league. Many also think that he will perfectly fit to Derek Carr's aerial attack and their pairing could be dangerous.
In eight seasons in the league, Jared Cook was able to register 303 catches for 3,880 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also made his first appearance in the playoffs with the Packers last season by producing 18 excellent reception for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
Will Jared Cook help the Oakland Raiders to make the playoffs again next season?