In an era when utilizing dual tight ends is what all the cool offensive coordinators are doing, the Rams now have their pair. After using a second-round pick on Lance Kendricks just two years ago and watching him grow during his sophomore season in 2012 (519 receiving yards and four touchdowns, with six catches of 20 yards or more), they’ve now signed Jared Cook to a five-year deal.
Cook was the most coveted tight end, and a bidding war developed between St. Louis and Miami. The two teams were enamored with Cook’s upside, as he’s a tight end who’s often really a rather large wide receiver, and he lines up in the slot often. In fact, one of the primary reasons Cook is even on the market is because he was likely set to be classified as a wideout after spending so much time there this past season, and therefore his franchise tag value would have escalated. Tennessee wasn’t ready to pay for a tag at that cost, so here we are.
Fortunately for the sake of humanity, the Dolphins’ dream team is now just a little less dreamy. Cook had 523 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2012 despite missing three games, and he’s only a year removed from a 759-yard season in 2011.
Tight end remains a need for the Dolphins after Anthony Fasano’s departure, and with Cook, Martellus Bennett, and Delanie Walker gone, they may now turn their attention to Dustin Keller.