One of the top unsigned UFAs, Jared Cook will make a trip to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Cook saw the Packers move on by signing Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, but he’ll now visit a team that has one of the league’s best tight ends in Jimmy Graham.
Cook is the top tight end available after Bennett took his spot in Green Bay. Despite Aaron Rodgers‘ desire to keep Cook in Wisconsin, the Packers have now replaced him and added his former Rams teammate as depth. The sides broke off talks on Friday, but the Bills and Lions previously resided as top Cook suitors.
Seattle, though, profiles as a more interesting destination due to Graham having proven he can thrive in the Seahawks’ offense last season. The former Saints dynamo rebounded from a severe knee injury and completed a 65-catch, 923-yard, six-touchdown season. Cook would obviously strengthen the Seahawks’ pass offense more, though.
Luke Willson remains unsigned after serving as Graham’s complement last season. Seattle attempted to keep the fifth-year tight end before free agency began, but its offer wasn’t enough to keep Willson off the market. Cook would bring an upgrade if the Seahawks are serious about spending to fortify their passing game.
They lost out on the bidding to land T.J. Lang and still have issues up front, but the soon-to-be 30-year-old Cook showed with Rodgers he can be a difference-maker in big spots. He caught 18 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay’s three playoff tilts. His return from injury last season coincided with the Packers’ six-game run to win the NFC North.
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