Saints near deal with TE Cook, sources say

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The New Orleans Saints are on the verge of filling their most glaring need with the top pass-catching tight end available in free agency this year, Jared Cook.

Sources have described a deal between the two sides as close but not finalized — which Cook himself amplified on Friday.

When asked whether he has agreed to a deal with New Orleans, Cook winked and told ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, “Maybe,” while at an event for the NFL’s Ed Block Courage Award winners. Cook then said “it’s going to be pretty awesome” catching passes from Drew Brees.

“I’ve been a big fan of Drew for a long time and the way he approaches the game,” Cook said. “He’s on point. He’s on top of his game right now. He’s just a baller. I look forward to seeing him do great things in the future. …

“It could be a big production year. Just as long as I take care of what I can take care of, we should be all right.”

When asked whether he is surprised to be leaving the Oakland Raiders after having two of the best seasons of his 10-year career with them, Cook said,

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