He's never quite lived up to the hype, I wonder what a change of scenery will do for his numbers???
Jared Cook’s deal: $35.1 million March 13th, 2013 | by JIM WYATT, The Tennessean | 2 Comments
Tight end Jared Cook’s five-year deal with the Rams is valued at $35.1 million.
That’s a $7.02 million average per year. He could make up to $38.5 million in incentives as part of the deal.
Cook received $19 million in guarantees, which is 54 percent of the contract. The deal puts him among the five highest paid tight ends (average per year) in the NFL, at least for now.
The Titans planned to retain Cook with the franchise tag, but opted not to take on the looming fight with an arbitrator over whether he should be paid as a tight end or a receiver. The one-year deal would’ve ended up costing the Titans either $6.066 million (tight end) or $10.537 million (receiver) for one season.
The Titans on Tuesday agreed to a four-year contract with former 49ers tight end Delanie Walker. His deal averages $4.375 million per year.
Tight end Jared Cook wants to be a difference-maker with the Rams. And it seems the team is more than willing to give him that chance.
Cook, 26, certainly looks the part. At 6 feet 5 and and 248 pounds, he runs the 40 in 4.49 seconds and is versatile enough to play on the line, in the backfield, in the slot or even out wide. His combination of size, top-end speed and athletic ability enables him to stretch the field and create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.
He was the Rams’ first big-ticket purchase of the offseason, signing a five-year, $35.1 million deal less than three hours into free agency.
Cook, who played his college ball at South Carolina, was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the 2009 draft and enjoyed two unspectacular seasons while playing for Jeff Fisher. Following a bit of a breakout season in 2011, when he caught 49 passes for 759 yards (15.5 per catch) and three touchdowns, Cook — and the rest of the Tennessee offense — fell off last year, when he finished with 44 catches for 523 yards and four scores.
In 2012, the Titans ranked 22nd in passing yards per game (207.7), 23rd in completion percentage (58.9) and 27th in passing touchdowns (17).
“That offense really didn’t suit me,’’ Cook said . “It didn’t fit me. That’s just how it is. Every team a player goes to, the fit is not perfect. Some guys have to move around to two or three teams before they find the perfect fit.’’
Rams are Cookin' at tight end 12 hours ago • Byran Burwell
On the first day of full-squad practice at Rams training camp last Thursday, the biggest roar from the crowd at Rams Park was for the smallest man on the roster. There was pocket-sized rookie Tavon Austin catching a 3-yard pass route, pirouetting on a dime and scooting up field like he was channeling Barry Sanders.
It was a marvelous flash of athleticism, a dazzling glimpse into one of the more dynamic possibilities for this refurbished Rams offense. And yes, the enthusiastic crowd was giddy just imagining how much fun it will be when the explosive first-round pick takes over Danny Amendola’s role as Sam Bradford’s new security blanket.
Well, as much fun as Austin should prove to be, my money’s on the other new guy on the field who’s 4 years older, nine inches taller, 74 pounds heavier and just as likely to line up in as many positions in this passing attack as the zephyr-quick rookie.
Tight end Jared Cook could be everything to this offense. Tight end, H-back, fullback, slot receiver, wide receiver. One of the reasons the Rams quickly scooped him up in the free-agent market, signing him away from the Tennessee Titans to a five-year, $35.1 million deal, was the belief that Cook can be the sort of multi-dimensional headache for defenses that all the best modern tight ends are supposed to be.
If this revamped Rams offense is going to work as well as the organization believes it can, you’re going to be seeing a lot of Cook racing down the middle of the football field making plays.
I’m not here to recite any advanced metrics that might provide you with all sorts of exotic explanations for why Cook should be such a dangerous and explosive toy for Bradford.