Jared Cook hits it off with Derek Carr, will be 'another weapon' for Raiders

Jared Cook hits it off with Derek Carr, will be 'another weapon' for Raiders

Jared Cook bonded quickly with Derek Carr. The veteran tight end and his new quarterback watched film together early Thursday, and Carr explained to Cook how he’d fit into the Raiders offense.

He liked what he heard. He liked what he saw on a contract offer. He signed shortly after, inking a two-year contract with the Silver and Black. Cook had a good visit with the Raiders that day, and Carr played a big part in it.

“Yeah, (he and I) sat in on a meeting. We watched some film together today,” Cook said Thursday in conference call with local media. “Love the kid, man. He’s cool. He’s a real down to earth guy. I enjoy talking with him about the offensive system and different plays that they run and how they see me fitting in this offense.”

He could be an integral weapon in the Raiders offense, a compliment to what Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree do on the outside. The Raiders also have assets Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Clive Walford in the passing game not counting the running backs, making the Raiders a diverse, versatile weapon.

Cook is a large presence at 6-foot-5, 254 pounds, and could be a safety net on third down and in the red zone.

“I’m just another weapon for Derek to use,” Cook said. “Just to be able to stretch the field, be able to beat one-on-one matchups, be able to get down into the secondary at a fast pace, be able to create separation off of different routes. When I’m coming out of my breaks, just a different radius that it gives him. A different element to put the ball in places and just keep chains moving.”

Cook played with Green Bay last season, and thrived in the playoffs. He had 18 catches for a club-record 229 receiving yards in the postseason, though one catch stands over the others.

Cook caught a toe-tapper 35 yards downfield on 3rd-and-20 that set up a last second field goal that beat the Dallas Cowboys.

“I probably hear about it every day,” Cook said with a laugh. “It was such a huge catch in a huge moment and to keep our hopes alive in the playoffs last year. I hear about it in the grocery store, in the airport, at the playground from some little kids. You constantly hear about it. It was a huge game for us to win down in Dallas against a really good Dallas team.”

He’ll join a really good Raiders team that went 12-4 last season and made the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.

“When you have a team that are going on an upward trend and they’re doing big things and they’re making it to the postseason, that’s what you want as a player,” Cook said. “That’s what you want to look for as a player, a team that’s building success. They implement success in their players. They promote it and preach it, and that’s exactly what you want to be around. That’s the type of organization you want to be a part of.”

Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection


Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection

The Raiders entered this free agency period needing defensive help throughout the depth chart. They signed presumptive starters earlier in this veteran acquisition process, but didn’t stop there.

The Silver and Black have added depth this week especially, signing a key cog in linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lamur spent the last two years in Minnesota and the previous four in Cincinnati with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Guenther was his position coach from 2012-13 and his DC from 2014-15. He also knows Raiders linebackers coach David Lippincott from the Bengals days

Lamur has primarily been a reserve, but Guenther gave him an opportunity to start in 2014. He had 59 tackles and two interceptions in 13 starts that year as a strongside linebacker.

The Raiders have options at that spot, but no firm starter at this stage if Bruce Irvin plays defensive end full time.

Lamur hasn’t played much defense the last two years, but is known as a quality special teams contributor. The Raiders have signed several of those players in an attempt to improve coverage and returns.

All told, the Raiders have signed 14 unrestricted free agents with a shot to make the 53-man roster since last week began. The roster will turnover significantly in Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders, and it’s possible he signs more players in coming days.

The Raiders are still looking for upgrades at receiver, and might add another bargain defensive lineman.

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.