The Green Bay Packers clearly have Jared Cook in their cross-hairs.
Although the free agent tight end remains unsigned, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said at Tuesday’s owners meetings that he was "impressed" by Cook.
According to Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky, McCarthy "spent quite a bit of time" with Cook when he visited Green Bay.
“I spent a lot of time with Jared Cook and he’s a fine, fine young man,” said McCarthy at Tuesday’s NFL owners meetings. “I was impressed with him. So we’ll see what happens. It’s in the business phase of it and that’s where it stands.”
Cook has 273 receptions for 3,503 yard and 16 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons split between Tennessee and St. Louis. The 28-year old is 6-foot-5, 254-pounds and can stretch the field for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The tight end position is something the Packers really need to address this offseason, and if Cook isn't their man, the pickings are slim. Among the free agent tight ends available are Vernon Davis (32 years old), Clay Harbor (28), Scott Chandler (30), Owen Daniels (33) and, of course Andrew Quarless (27), who was placed on season-ending injured reserve after only five games due to his knee.
Cook seems to be their best, and possibly only option at this point.
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