Raiders' tight end depth chart gets big boost with Jared Cook

With Cook on the books and Walford still under his rookie contract, it affords Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie the freedom to pick up a tight end late in the draft if he chooses, to sign an undrafted tight end, or to simply stand pat. The former Titans, Rams, and Packers tight end will join the Silver and Black on a two-year contract that is worth up to $12.2 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Cook had a down year for most of last season, including missing six games due to injury.

"I think Jared's return has been important, giving us two tight ends that can get downfield", quarteback Aaron Rodgers told ESPN.com in December.

His presence on the Packers roster helped the team to eight straight wins at the end of the season and because of his ability to open up the offense many thought he would for sure be back.

For his career, Cook has 303 receptions for 3,880 yards and 17 touchdowns. Ask the Packers who let Cook walk after knowing exactly what they had in him and then made a move for Martellus Bennett.

The 29-year-old Cook has seen his receiving numbers go down over the past couple seasons, catching 30 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown in 10 games last season. Absolutely. Is he an elite tight end?

If Cook and the Seahawks are unable to reach a deal today, USA TODAY's Tom Peliserro is reporting Cook will travel to Minnesota for his next visit.

Cook is the third offensive player the Raiders have added this offseason following receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse.

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