The Washington Redskins are currently mired in last place in the NFC East with a 3-5 record, and as the team readies for a must-win game against the Carolina Panthers, a passing attack that ranks 20th in the National Football League is in need of a spark.
It's rather rare to see trades of any significance executed in the NFL during the season, but there's a player that might just be available (at least he hopes he is) who could not only provide that spark but who would also fill a large void in the Redskins receiving corps that was created by injury.
According to Jim Wyatt of The Nashville Tennessean, the Tennessee Titans have received a trade offer for disgruntled tight end Jared Cook, who reportedly has requested to be traded due to unhappiness over his lack of playing time.
The fourth-year pro has played in fewer than 50 percent of Tennessee's offensive snaps in six of eight games this season, and that has apparently led to Cook asking for a ticket out of Nashville.
The team that reportedly made the offer and the details of that offer have not been released, and if head coach Mike Munchak is to be believed then it doesn't matter anyway, because Jared Cook isn't going anywhere.
“I am not going to comment on that. That is not my decision to make, but I don’t see that happening, no,” Munchak said. “I don’t see why we would do that. I don’t follow that. The agent is calling to stir the pot. This is not the time for those things."
With that said if Cook truly is unhappy with his role then it would make sense for the Titans to at least listen to offers for Cook, who is in the final year of his rookie contract and could potentially bolt after the season unless the Titans slap the franchise tag on him.
In that case, it makes a boatload of sense for the Redskins to be the team making that offer.
Simply put, the team is in dire need of receiver help. Tight end Fred Davis is out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon, and top wide receiver Pierre Garcon has missed nearly the entire year with a foot injury that continues to linger.
In Cook the Redskins could acquire an athletic pass catcher who is as much a big wide receiver as a tight end. The 25-year-old is one of the top downfield threats in the NFL at his position, and his 15.5 yards a reception in 2011 was tops among tight ends with at least 40 catches.
At the end of the day this is probably just trade deadline speculation, because as I said in the NFL these sorts of deals are much more exception than rule, especially during the season.
However, that doesn't mean that they never happen, and given that this is a trade that could potentially make sense for both sides the Redskins would be well-served to at least kick the tires about the price tag on a playmaking playmate for their shiny new franchise quarterback.