Source: Raiders to sign Packers free agent TE Jared Cook

Source: Raiders to sign Packers free agent TE Jared Cook

UPDATE (Thursday at 4pm) -- The Raiders signed Jared Cook, the team announced.


The Raiders have added another weapon to an already potent offense. They will sign tight end Jared Cook to a contract, a league source said Thursday afternoon.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was first to report the news. He later reported that Cook's deal is for two years and worth up to $12.2 million. ESPN's Adam Caplan reports his $5 million owed in the first year is fully guaranteed. 

Cook spent last season in Green Bay and split the previous seven between Tennessee and St. Louis. He’s known as a receiving tight end, who blocked for the run 25 percent of the time in 2016. He had 30 catches for 377 yards and a touchdown last season, but was limited to 10 games due to an ankle injury. He has exceeded 500 receiving yards four times in his career.

Quarterback Derek Carr pushed hard to bring cook to the East Bay. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported that Carr spent the morning watching film with Cook and significant time with him throughout the day.

Cook, who will turn 30 in early April, rounds out a solid tight end group that features versatility and pass catching ability that should be able to help create production in the middle of the field.

The Raiders have plenty of weapons, with size and speed and solid hands all over the field. Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Seth Roberts and new fleet-footed receiver Cordarrelle Patterson flesh out the receiver corps.

The Raiders are certainly stacked at tight end with Cook in the fold. Lee Smith will come back healthy from a broken ankle and be the team’s chief blocking tight end. Clive Walford remains a developmental talent, an athlete who has been slowed by injury and inconsistency in his first two seasons. Gabe Holmes is also coming off injury and could help on offense and special teams.

Mychal Rivera was never expected to return after being phased out of the offense the past two seasons. That also means the Raiders’ entire 2013 draft class will play elsewhere next season.

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.

The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:

"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."

Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.

The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.

News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.

In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.

"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.