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Author: Jon Kuzma
Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook has been around the NFL for a while now. The 2009 3rd round pick played for the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, and Green Bay Packers usually contributing pretty good stats. However it wasn’t until Cook joined the Raiders that he finally made it to his first Pro Bowl. In Jon Gruden’s offense Cook flourished and he racked up 896 receiving yards plus 6 touchdowns. It seemed like Derek Carr was always looking for his prolific tight end and it’s clear that the Raiders’ system brings out the best in Cook. Gruden can’t afford to lose one of his top offense weapons and this off-season will be interesting because Cook is a free agent. Obviously having a big year has helped increase his value but it’s unlikely that those other teams will be able to keep Jared Cook relevant. So to be honest the veteran pass catcher needs Oakland too because putting up those flashy numbers will keep his career alive. You never know though maybe Cook wants to cash in on his success and go to the highest bidder. The silver and black weren’t exactly good this past season and they’re not a real contender at the moment either. Proving that there’s a lot of factors that will go into number 87’s decision but don’t be surprised if he ends up coming back. You’d have to be a fool to walk away from everything Cook has going for him with the Raiders. Scoring touchdowns and being a focal point in the offense is too good to pass up. Why go compete with younger players and fight to earn your spot when the coaching staff in Oakland already ready knows what he’s capable of? At 31 years old it’s possible that this guy could play for four more years if he can keep doing what he did in 2018 and it’s definitely been a lot of fun to watch.
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Jared Cook’s last season was his best ever. Cook made his firs Pro Bowl.