NFL trade deadline: Jared Cook wants out of Tennessee, Rams could use a TE

Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

The St. Louis Rams have few options for improving their team at the trade deadline, but Titans tight end Jared Cook could definitely help.

The St. Louis Rams need for offensive help should have been obvious following Sunday's thrashing in London. A move at the trade deadline is unlikely to bring help, but if the Rams did get the itch, they might have an option in Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook, who has reportedly requested a trade.

Cook is unhappy about his playing time, as well he should be. A third-round pick in 2009, when Fisher was still coaching in Tennessee, Cook has been used sparingly on pass plays, which defenses have noticed. He is very talented as a pass catching option, with 28 catches on 39 targets this season along with 373 yards and two touchdowns. He caught 49 passes for 759 yards last year.

The Rams do have Lance Kendricks at tight end, but the 2011 second-round pick has provided more value as a blocker than the offensive threat the previous administration imagined him to be. Cook would give Sam Bradford another sure-handed target to go with Danny Amendola and the emergent Chris Givens.

This is the last season on Cook's rookie contract, meaning he'd either be a rental or a long-term addition. Obviously, the Rams would have to part with a draft pick, probably a second day draft pick, to get Cook. However, at just 25-years old, he's the kind of player that could fit nicely into the team's long-term plans.

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