After undergoing back-to-back seasons with a heartbreaking finish, the New Orleans Saints are ready to avenge their previous loss in the NFC Championship. While the front office didn’t have much cap space to spend, it appears help is on the way in the form of Jared Cook.
New Orleans lost two key pieces to its offense this offseason. Mark Ingram is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile Max Unger announced his retirement last weekend.
In an effort to improve on that side of the ball, the Saints will add the best tight end on the market. Since the team shipped Jimmy Graham to Seattle in 2015, there hasn’t been a true threat in the red zone.
Well, it appears Sean Payton is ready to turn that weakness into a strength for 2019.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Saints are expected to sign Cook. He’ll serve as the second option in the passing game behind Michael Thomas.
Cook is coming off the best season of his career, totaling 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2019
With Benjamin Watson officially retired, the Saints were in need of an upgrade at the position. Both Dan Arnold and Josh Hill don’t have the experience or playmaking ability to handle the starting role.
The championship window in New Orleans is closing with Drew Brees nearing the end of his career. However, the addition of Cook should help make life easier for the legendary quarterback next season.