Raiders tight finish Jared Cook dinner will attend his first Professional Bowl after his 10th NFL season, changing Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce within the annual all-star showcase.
Cook dinner led the Raiders with a career-high 896 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He completed fourth amongst tight ends in receiving yards and tied for fourth in touchdowns. Kelce and Colts tight finish Eric Ebron had been initially named because the AFC’s Professional Bowl tight ends, with Kelce amassing 1,336 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, and Ebron tallying 750 receiving yards and a league-high 13 touchdowns amongst tight ends.
After saying he’d launch an investigation if Cook dinner didn’t make the Professional Bowl, Raiders coach Jon Gruden mirrored on his finest pass-catcher’s “snub.”
“Simply very disillusioned, clearly,” Gruden mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t fault Kelce for making a Professional Bowl. I noticed him at shut vary, too. I believe Eric Ebron has 12 touchdowns. So in the event you’re going to lose out, you may as effectively lose out to 2 guys that had stellar seasons. (Cook dinner is) a Professional Bowler in my ebook.”
Cook dinner will enter unrestricted free company this offseason, and Gruden mentioned re-signing Cook dinner is atop his offseason priorities listing. However with Cook dinner probably set to obtain a large contract, which may very well be his final large one, time will inform if the Raiders actually need the 31-year-old again amid their rebuild.
The Professional Bowl takes place on Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla.