Skip to main content

Around the League

Presented By

Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams agree to five-year contract

It's a big day for tight ends in free agency. Jared Cook might end up making the most money of all.'s Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that Cook has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams later confirmed the move.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who coached Cook while with the Tennessee Titans, ended up getting the free agent over the Miami Dolphins, who were trying hard to sign him, Darlington reported.

Free-agent tracker


Where will Mike Wallace wind up? Follow him and all the other NFL players on the move in our free-agent tracker. More ...

Cook's deal follows contract agreements reached by tight ends Martellus Bennett, Delanie Walker and John Phillips. But Cook has the most exciting skill set of the group. There was a sense the Titans never fully took advantage of his receiving skills. The Titans strongly considered placing the franchise tag on Cook, but they didn't want to get into a battle over whether Cook technically was a wide receiver or a tight end.

(The Dolphins, meanwhile, miss out after signing almost every other free agent Tuesday.)

With wide receiver Danny Amendola's status up in the air, the Rams were desperate to add a weapon for quarterback Sam Bradford. Recent second-round draft pick Lance Kendricks has been a non-factor, so Cook will step into the starting tight end role. At this point, Cook might be the Rams' top receiver. And he'll get paid like one, too.

UPDATE: Cook indeed wound up making out with a pocket full of riches. His contract is worth $35.1 million with $16 million guaranteed,'s Ian Rapoport reported.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content