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7 former Chargers who still need a team for the 2022 season

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Jared Cook
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6. Jared Cook

Needing a pass-catching tight end after Hunter Henry signed with the New England Patriots, the LA Chargers brought in Jared Cook because of his ties with Joe Lombardi and his familiarity with the New Orleans Saints-style offense. One year later, the Chargers signed Gerald Everett over Cook, who is still looking for a home.

Personally, I do feel a tad bit vindicated by the Chargers ditching Cook and signing Everett. I was very much on the record of not liking the Cook trade and pointed to Everett, who also signed a one-year deal last offseason. I argued that Cook would regress as the season went along with age and that is what happened.

His overall numbers are fine and some teams may look at that and think that they have a rotational pass-catcher on their hands but the eye test was not always pretty. Cook struggled with drops as the season went along and had several horrible mistakes that a veteran should not have.

Whether it be miscommunications with Justin Herbert on a route or simply giving up on a route and stopping (both leading to game-sealing interceptions), Cook was hurting the Chargers more than he was helping them. With pretty much no blocking ability at this point in his career, Cook's value to the team was shot.

Cook turns 35 in April and with him not having the kind of connection with a team that Antonio Gates had with the Chargers, we may have seen the last of him in the NFL.