No one was really surprised when it was announced on Monday–the first day of NFL free agency–that former Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook signed with the St. Louis Rams. Cook showed flashes of brilliance in four seasons with the Titans, but never could become the star he is with the constant rotation of quarterbacks in Tennessee. Now with a talented young quarterback in Sam Bradford, Cook should start to put up the numbers expected from him coming out of South Carolina.
Bradford has lacked a security blanket during his rocky young career in St. Louis and things seemed bleak after 2011 second-round pick Lance Kendricks failed to pan out. Now with another young weapon at his disposal, Bradford should be a more efficient passer with a huge target to defer to in Cook.
Like Cook and Bradford’s careers, the Rams have been disappointing since trying to rebuild their team around their new franchise quarterback. The inevitable loss of Steven Jackson definitely won’t help things, but the addition of Cook is definitely a step in the right direction. If the Rams can add some more solid young pieces like Cook and they can all stay healthy–including Bradford–they might make a decent run in the NFC West sometime in the next half decade. Of course, that’s assuming Rams head coach Jeff Fisher can put together a defense that reflects his talent level as a coach.
Just in case you were wondering, the Titans replaced Cook by signing former San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker.