According to Ian Rapoport, the Packers are expected to be aggressive during free agency and will prioritize re-signing TE Jared Cook.
“From what I’m told,” Rapoport said, “I would think the Packers are going to go and get some free agents this year along with trying to re-sign Jared Cook — which is a priority for them.”
The Packers usually take a conservative approach to free agency, so it will be interesting to see if GM Ted Thompson make any notable moves in the coming months.
If the Packers end up targeting free agents, you can expect them to focus on players who are released, considering that it won’t cost them a compensatory pick to sign. Thompson has signed a few players like this including Cook, Letroy Guion and Charles Woodson.
Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that the team will continue with their current strategy to build through the draft.
Cook, 29, is a former third-round pick by the Titans in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played out his rookie contract with Tennessee before signing a big-money deal with the Rams as a free agent back in 2013.
After he was released by the Rams, the Packers signed Cook to a one-year, $1,425,000 last offseason.
In 2016, Cook appeared in 10 games for the Packers and recorded 30 receptions for 377 yards receiving, one touchdown, and lost one fumble. Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 11 overall tight end out of 63 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.