Tuesday March 12th, 2013

Jared Cook Jared Cook snagged 44 receptions for 523 yards with the Titans this season. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Rams have been unable to turn the corner in recent years, despite having a roster filled with potential. So, it's somewhat fitting that tight end Jared Cook opted to sign on with this team on Tuesday.

Cook, an athletic 6-foot-5, nearly 250-pound tight end never did ascend from good to great during his four years in Tennessee. However, his talent is rather undeniable. And if Cook winds up being the player just about everything feels he can be, then Sam Bradford and the Rams' offense will benefit.

Cook will need to be that player to justify his contract -- reportedly somewhere between $7 and $8 million per year. That's more than the Rams likely would have needed to pay Danny Amendola to keep him around.

Rather than retain the injury-prone receiver, the Rams will now ask Cook to take on a lot of the same duties as a weapon out of the slot.

Cook is capable of being the next man up in the NFL's tight end revolution. He, just like his new team, is overdue to take the next step. Grade: A-minus. With Amendola out of the picture, the Titans needed to find a player like Cook. He'll have to live up to some high expectations.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.