LA Chargers: Four easiest roster decisions for the offense
By Jason Reed
3. Replace Jared Cook at tight end
To be completely transparent, I was not a fan of the Jared Cook signing at all when it happened. He had the connection to Joe Lombardi and came on a cheap one-year deal, which is why the Chargers signed him, but I would have rather seen the team bring in someone like Gerald Everett on a one-year deal.
To be fair, Cook played much better than I thought he would at the beginning of the year. However, as I predicted, he started to tail off towards the end and become a liability on offense. Whether it was because of dropped passes or simply giving up on routes too early, Cook had more ugly moments than good ones.
The Chargers need to replace Cook in some capacity this offseason and it probably should come via free agency. The team does have Donald Parham and Tre' McKitty but they still need to add someone to the position. Parham has elite potential as a red-zone target and McKitty is an elite blocker but neither have shown enough to fully trust in them being the TE1.
There are several solid free-agent options that the Chargers can consider to replace Jared Cook this offseason. How much the team spends is going to be a big deciding factor and the Bolts certainly should not break the bank at tight end.
But one thing is for certain: they should not bring back Jared Cook, who very well could have played his last game in the NFL.