The New Orleans Saints may have filled their biggest need.
The Saints are expecting to sign former Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The 31-year old Cook previously visited with the Saints on March 14.
The veteran Cook has played 10 seasons in the NFL, including the past two seasons with the Raiders.
He caught a career-best 68 passes for 896 yards and 6 touchdowns this past season for the Raiders and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time. His best game came against the Rams when he had 180 receiving yards, setting a Raiders' franchise record for tight ends.
Knee issues stopped Cameron Meredith from contributing much to the 2018 campaign, but he's already helping out next season.
Cook played his first four seasons with the then-St. Louis Rams before playing one season with the Green Bay then heading to Oakland. He has not missed a game the past two seasons
The tight end position is considered the biggest need for the Saints, especially after veteran Ben Watson retired.
Of the 381 total receptions the Saints had last season, 89 were by tight ends. Of those 89 catches, 46 were caught by Watson.
The news came on the same day that it was reported by Field Yates of ESPN that Saints receiver Cameron Meredith has agreed to a pay cut. Meredith's agreement reduces his 2019 base salary from $3.4 million to $1.3 million, giving the Saints more cap space. Meredith signed with the Saints last April in free agency, but played in just six games due to a knee injury. He caught nine passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Ben Watson was hoping to play one final game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
More to come.
Nick Easton had only been to New Orleans once before his visit last Thursday.
The New Orleans Saints are reportedly in the mix to land pass-rusher Robert Quinn, who is a member of the Dolphins but could be traded out of Miami.
Simply put, Max Unger's soon-to-be 33-year old body couldn't go any longer.