What Did Jared Cook Do To Be Linked To The Raiders Locker Room Unrest?
One of the unexpected storylines of the Raiders’ 2017 season was the erosion (if that isn’t too strong of a term) of one of the healthiest locker rooms in the NFL.
A few of the stronger personalities on the team have been linked to the dysfunction (if that isn’t too strong of a term), but a player that has been somewhat surprisingly linked to the uneasiness in the locker room has been tight end Jared Cook.
Cook was first mentioned by Raiders voice Greg Papa on 95.7 The Game and more recently by Raider Nation’s favorite SiriusXM NFL Radio producer…
He hasn’t been listed as someone that’s on the chopping block but it wouldn’t shock me to see Jared Cook released and you ready for it…. Sean Smith back at a big time reduction. Maybe released and brought back
— Eddie Borsilli (@Borsilli) February 11, 2018
So what exactly is at the crux of the problem with Cook?
Greg Papa offered a hint in January – albeit without any specifics.
“I think the culture of the locker room was different this year and when I point to it, I think that bringing in Marshawn Lynch and Jared Cook, and more so Marshawn, but also Cook to a lesser extent.”
Watching Cook from a distance, there were no obvious signs of problems and despite his inconsistencies, Cook was still one of the more productive pieces of the Raiders offense.
Whatever the Raiders decide to do with Cook, his contract should still be considered attractive to the team, at least from a production standpoint.
For anyone saying Jared Cook is not worth his 5.3 million cap hit next season, consider this:
Cook caught the 11th most catches and was 7th in receiving yards for TEs.
His 5.3 million cap hit in 2018 is the 21st highest amongst TEs. #Raiders have immense value there.
— Hayden Nadolny (@HBNadolny) January 27, 2018
While the tough questions are being solved deep within the confines of the Raider headquarters, one more thought regarding Cook… what did he do to his arm?
— RAIDERAY4879 (@raideray4879) February 12, 2018