LA Chargers: Wins and losses from the first week of free agency

By Ryan Daley
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(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

Signing Jared Cook – LOSS for the LA Chargers

With Hunter Henry leaving the LA Chargers and signing with the New England Patriots, the tight end position became a priority for the Chargers during the offseason. Names like Kyle Rudolph and Zach Ertz circled around, but the Chargers ended up signing Jared Cook to a one-year deal.

I know that Cook is not the long-term answer for the position, at least I hope he’s not, but the signing is a little confusing. Cook’s career has steadily gone down over the years and the former South Carolina tight end isn’t getting any younger.

Jared Cook had 504 receiving yards, 37 catches on 60 targets, 7 touchdowns, and played in 15 games during the 2020 season with the Saints. His yardage during the season was the least amount of yards he’s had since being with Green Bay during the 2016 season.

Overall, the signing is alright, it will be good to have a veteran tight end get in the mix with Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson, who just re-signed with the Chargers. Hopefully, we can see the Chargers either draft a tight end in the draft or maybe still possibly signing/trading for one. The tight end area needs to be better for Justin Herbert to get some receiving and blocking help.