Oakland Raiders unlikely to be able to afford Jared Cook
Teams are always forced to make difficult decisions around free agency, however, adding star wide receiver Antonio Brown to you roster makes some choices a little easier to make. According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Oakland Raiders are going to be unable to afford to resign tight end Jared Cook after bringing in Brown from Pittsburgh for a third-round and a fifth-round pick.
It would surprise if Raiders re-sign TE Jared Cook, given funds allocated on offense already and Cook’s developing market. Saints his first visit. https://t.co/xVefzxscUl
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 13, 2019
Oakland made the 30-year-old the highest-paid receiver in the league by guaranteeing over $30 million to him. They also added former Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams for four-years for $44 million and $22 million in guarantees, and former Patriot tackle Trent Brown for $66 million over 4 years. With these new weapons in stock, Oakland won’t be able to bring back Cook.
Cook, 31-years-old, spent his last two seasons with Oakland after starting his career in Tennessee, spending three years in St. Louis with the Rams, then signing with the Green Bay Packers. In his two seasons with the Raiders, Cook has 187 passes for 1,584 yards and eight touchdowns. According to Gehlken, Cook’s first visit will be with the New Orleans Saints.
While he’s getting older, Cook’s production is yet to slow. Last season was the best of his career, he led the Raiders in receptions, 68, receiving yardage, 896 and receiving touchdowns, 6. Cook ranked as a top-five tight end league-wide in all three of those categories. Meanwhile, The Saints are losing tight end Ben Watson to retirement, but still have Josh Hill, Garrett Griffin, and Dan Arnold to play the position. Cook would represent an upgrade over any of those options, and would project to see the majority of snaps and targets at the position if he lands in New Orleans.
As the Saints prepare to make another run at the Super Bowl before Drew Brees retires, Oakland under head coach Jon Gruden prepares for a new era in Las Vegas.