Football Outsiders named one ‘daring move’ each team should make during the 2019 offseason to help improve their chances to win this season.
For the Denver Broncos, they looked for a tight end coming off a career year with the Oakland Raiders in Jared Cook. He has already been reported to be heading to free agency without an offer from the Raiders.
Denver Broncos: Sign Jared Cook
Jeff Heuerman is both a free agent and not particularly inspiring as a player. Jake Butt tore his ACL for the third time in September, and you have to wonder whether he’ll ever stay healthy. The Broncos could use some value out of their tight end position, especially with Demaryius Thomas gone and Emmanuel Sanders likely following him out of town. New starter Joe Flacco has had success working with tight ends his whole career, from Dennis Pitta and Todd Heap in the past to Benjamin Watson and Mark Andrews in more recent years. It’s a deep class of tight ends in the draft, sure, but why use a draft pick on a tight end when you can hurt a division rival in free agency?
Cook is coming off career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns, as he became Oakland’s leading receiver because of a lack of other options. Cook’s 146 DYAR and 13.8 percent DVOA marked his best performance in FO metrics since his 2011 season in Tennessee, as Cook has historically struggled to turn his obvious athleticism into on-field success. Buying high on the 32-year-old Cook is definitely a bold move, as you’re betting on a guy to repeat a career year. If he’s able to do so, however, he would be a huge get for a passing offense that was stuck in the mud in 2018.
The soon-to-be 32 year old former third round pick out of the 2009 NFL Draft has had two fairly solid seasons in Oakland with 122 receptions for 1584 yards and 8 touchdowns over that two year span. He would be a much-needed veteran leader at the position for Denver and would be a guy with a proven track record of staying healthy having played in all 16 games in almost every season of his career.
Cook is coming off a Pro Bowl appearance and might cost a little more than we would hope, but considering the revolving door at tight end the Broncos have experienced over the last several years, he would be worth the extra cost just for the added stability he would bring.
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Should the Broncos target Jared Cook in free agency?
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