Raiders tight end Jared Cook is heading to the Pro Bowl after all.
Cook, who was originally named an alternate to the Jan. 27 game in Orlando, will replace Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on the AFC team, the Raiders announced Monday. It will mark Cook’s first Pro Bowl appearance in 10 NFL seasons.
Cook, 31, set career highs in 2018 in catches (63), receiving yards (848) and touchdowns (six). He led or tied for the team lead in each category and ranked sixth among NFL tight ends in receptions and fifth in receiving yards.
Kelce and the Colts’ Eric Ebron were the two tight ends named to the AFC team. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said after rosters were released that Cook was “a Pro Bowler in my book.”
Cook will be a free agent this offseason and could field a range of offers coming off his career season. Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr have both said they hope Cook will return to the Raiders in 2019.
The Raiders, who finished 4-12, did not have any players selected to the Pro Bowl outright for the first time since 2003. Center Rodney Hudson and guard Kelechi Osemele were also named alternates.
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