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Packers free agency rumors: Green Bay tried to trade for Jared Cook last season, per report

Ted Thompson wanted Jared Cook last year.

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The Green Bay Packers have a visit scheduled with free agent Jared Cook, but, at least according to one account, the team has dabbled with the tight end before. Last season, the Packers attempted to acquire Cook last season prior to the NFL trade deadline, reports ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Green Bay underperformed offensively in 2015, and the lack of a field-stretching receiver over the middle played a large role in those struggles. Apparently, the team's management agreed, and tried to pry Cook away from the St. Louis Rams midway through the year. Ultimately, no deal materialized, but the trade discussions illustrate how the Packers feel about the tight end's ability to impact the game.

Unlike Packers starter Richard Rodgers, Cook has plenty of speed to burn. He ran a 4.50 40-yard dash during his workout at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2009. Even at age 28, Cook offers a dimension otherwise absent from Green Bay's tight-end group.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.