Meet the newest member of the New Orleans Saints, tight end Jared Cook
The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent TE Jared Cook. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Cook, 6-5, 254, is a ten-year NFL veteran who has played for the Tennessee Titans (2009-12), St. Louis Rams (2013-15), Green Bay Packers (2016) and the Oakland Raiders (2017-18). Cook was initially a third round pick (89th overall) of the Titans in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Over the course of his ten-year National Football League career, Cook has appeared in 149 regular season games with 77 starts, posting 425 receptions for 5,464 yards (12.9 avg.) with 25 touchdowns. In three postseason contests for Green Bay in 2016, Cook posted 18 receptions for 229 yards (12.7 avg.) and two touchdowns.
Playing for Oakland in 2018, Cook enjoyed his most productive season as a professional, playing in all 16 games with 14 starts, posting 68 receptions for 896 yards (13.2 avg.) with six touchdowns. Cook set career-highs and led the Raiders in catches, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions. He was named to his first Pro Bowl, where he added three more grabs for 71 yards. Among NFL tight ends in 2018, Cook finished fifth in receptions and fourth in receiving yardage and tied for fourth in scoring grabs. He registered four 100-yard games in 2018, tied for third-most among tight ends last season.
Cook, a native of Suwanee, Ga., was a three-year letterman at the University of South Carolina (2006-08), where registered 73 catches for 1,107 after transitioning full-time to tight end as a sophomore. He appeared in 13 games with 11 starts as a junior in 2008 and ranked second on the Gamecocks with a career-high 37 catches for a career-best 573 yards (15.5 avg.) and three touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition from the league's coaches, second-team honors from the Associated Press and was a Mackey Award semifinalist.