The Oakland Raiders had a busy offseason ahead of them, as they had decisions to make on 13 unrestricted free agents. With Derek Carr and Khalil Mack due to make big money soon, the Raiders had to find ways to fill out their roster without overspending on players. So far, the team has done well in signing players like Cordarrelle Patterson, Marshall Newhouse, and Jelani Jenkins to name a few and will look to continue to fill out their roster in the next couple of weeks.
While the Raiders offense was a large part of their success last year, the tight end position was underwhelming, as Mychal Rivera and Clive Walford combined for a paltry 551 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 51 receptions. According to Raiders, the team may have found their solution:
The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent TE Jared Cook, the club announced Thursday.
Cook, who played with the Green Bay Packers last season, gives the Raiders a clear No. 1 option at tight end going forward. Cook appeared in 10 regular season games last year for the Packers, making five starts and amassing 377 receiving yards and one touchdown. While those numbers may not look impressive, his performance in the 2017 NFL playoffs may be the reason why the Raiders signed him. In three postseason games, Cook managed 229 yards on 18 receptions and two touchdowns, proving he can be productive when healthy.
With the tight end question finally answered with Cook, the Raiders offense is shaping up to be one of the NFL’s most dynamic ones with a receiving corp most teams would love to have. As the team continues to fill out their roster, fans will have plenty to look forward to in the meantime.