Breaking News – Former Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook has left, agreeing to a five-year contract with the St. Louis Rams.
NFL Impact – The NFC West division has been on fire the past few days. First the Seattle Seahawks brought in wide receiver Percy Harvin in a deal with the Minnesota Vikings. Then the San Francisco 49ers countered that by swinging a deal of their own, dealing with 2012 Super Bowl opponent Baltimore Ravens and acquiring wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Now the St. Louis Rams have countered those two moves by bringing in Cook to man the tight end position.
Cook is a move not made only of improving talent around quarterback Sam Bradford, it was a move of necessity as well. The Rams receiving unit is full of question marks at the moment, with lead receiver Danny Amendola being a great candidate to take his services elsewhere. Adding even more urgency was Lance Kendricks play in 2012 as he failed to take the lead tight end role, something that many in the organization felt like he would had been a perfect fit for.
As it stands, Cook will most likely be the second receiving option if Amendola stays or even possibly become Bradford’s top target if Amendola so chooses to leave.
Of course this is the beginning for the free agency period and with the NFL around the corner, it is very possible that the Rams will still look to bring in even more talent one way or another. As the landscape of the NFL changes, you can be sure that FFLockerRoom will be there to cover it all for you.
Fantasy Spin – Cook has widely been looked at throughout the league by many brass and scouts as someone who has been extremely under utilized as a receiving option in Tennessee. His size, speed and sure hands make him a perfect “receiver” type of tight end and someone who very well could excel in 2013, making the jump that we have been long waiting for, becoming a TE1 in deeper fantasy formats. Putting up the statistics that garner that type of comparison and value though is what will really quiet the critics. Look to Cook as a solid TE2 option with the potential to play up to the TE1 tier as long as he becomes and remains a major part of the St. Louis passing game.