St. Louis Rams agree to terms with tight end Jared Cook

Brian McIntyre
March 12, 2013

The St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with versatile tight end Jared Cook, Adam Caplan of The Sideline View reports.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is for five seasons. Financial details have not been disclosed.

Cook, a 2009 third-round pick out of South Carolina by the Tennessee Titans, has caught 131 passes for 1,717 yards and eight touchdowns over the last four seasons.

Most of Cook's production has come after becoming a part-time starter for the Titans over the last two seasons. In 10 starts and 29 games, the 6-foot-5, 248-pound Cook has 93 receptions for 1,282 yards and seven touchdowns as the Titans have taken advantage of his unique athleticism by frequently lining him up in the slot to create mismatches against smaller safeties and slower linebackers.

Frequently using Cook in more of a wide receiver role set the stage for a possible franchise tag fight this offseason. The tight end tag was worth $6.066 million, while the receiver tag was worth $10.536 million. Had the Titans used the tight end tag, Cook's representatives likely would have taken the team to arbitration in an attempt to receive a number closer to the more lucrative receiver tag.

By signing Cook, the Rams have provided 2010 first-round pick Sam Bradford with an additional weapon in the passing game. The team is thin at wide receiver, but in Cook and Lance Kendricks, have a pair of undersized, athletic and versatile tight ends to throw at opposing defenses.