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Raiders signing TE Jared Cook

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The reality is that Jared Cook is a nice receiving tight end who will have 2 or so catches every game for a couple dozen yards.

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 was at his best in the post season, catching 18 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns in three games, including a six-catch, 103-yard effort with a touchdown in a 34-31 win over Dallas. Oakland had a glaring need at tight end as Clive Walford and Mychal Rivera were never considered legitimate threats in the passing game. In fact, for the sake of respecting Cook's ability, let's watch that one more time.

An eight-year veteran, Cook played four seasons with the Tennesee Titans and three with the St. Louis Rams before joining the Packers.

Walford's development has been slowed by offseason injuries during his two years in the National Football League and he has 61 catches for 688 yards and six TDs in his career. In 10 regular season games, he had 30 receptions for 377 yards and a single touchdown. Cook also visited with the Seahawks and Vikings after it became clear that he wasn't going to return to the Packers in 2017.

The Raiders went into free agency with more glaring needs on defense but those have not been filled as of yet. Aaron Rodgers is a more talented quarterback than Carr who makes his receivers look quite nice, and Cook only had one game with more than 8 targets.

Despite not having prolific numbers last season, Cook was a major catalyst for Green Bay's offense.