There were plenty of tight ends available on the free agency market this offseason, but most would agree that former Tennessee Titans’ pass catcher Jared Cook offered the best skill set of any. With Martellus Bennett coming to terms with the Chicago Bears and Delanie Walker inking a similarly lucrative deal with the Titans as Cook’s replacement, many were left to wonder where the former Tennessee tight end would land. It seems the St. Louis Rams knew the answer to that question all along.
It has been confirmed that the Rams have come to terms with Cook on a contract that will bring him to St. Louis and reunite him with former head coach Jeff Fisher. Lance Kendricks has been largely underwhelming during his first two years with the team and with both wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson expected to leave sign elsewhere, some anticipated the Rams signing a high-profile pass catching tight end rather than a more expensive wideout in free agency.
Cook was looking for more playing time and moving on from the Titans was the only way that he felt who could be adequately utilized. He threatened to file a grievance with the league if Tennessee franchise tagged him as a tight end this offseason on the grounds that he lined up more at wide receiver and should therefore be paid like one. The five-year deal with the Rams is reportedly worth somewhere between $7 million and $8 million per season.
Look for Cook to continue lining up wide in St. Louis, especially considering the fact that he will be replacing the production of two of the team’s top pass catchers in 2012. This move has the potential to really benefit quarterback Sam Bradford the most out of anyone on the Rams’ roster. Bradford has been under siege during his three years in St. Louis and having a tight end to dump the ball off to on quick three and five step drops will be a big addition. Now if the Rams can complete their day of free agency by adding left tackle Jake Long, things may finally be looking up in St. Louis.