The Toronto Argonauts are recruiting former National Football League quarterback Connor Cook, per sources.
Cook’s CFL rights reside with the Argos as he’s listed on the team’s negotiation list.
The 27-year-old was selected in the fourth round, 100th overall during the 2016 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders. Cook played two games for the Raiders, including a playoff start in the AFC Wild Card round against the Houston Texans during his rookie year. He was the first QB in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start in a post-season game.
The Cleveland, Ohio native completed 14-of-21 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown against one interception in his only regular season NFL action. Cook spent two seasons with the Raiders and also had stints with the Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions. He earned over $1.7 million playing in the NFL.
The Michigan State graduate was a star for the Spartans. Cook threw for 9,194 yards, 71 touchdowns and 22 interceptions while completing 57.5 percent of his passes. He led MSU to a Rose Bowl victory in 2014, Cotton Bowl win in 2015 and claimed the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the NCAA’s outstanding senior quarterback during his last year in East Lansing.
Cook set school records for career passing yards, career passing touchdowns and left the program as the winningest quarterback in Spartans history with a 34-5 win-loss record in 39 starts (.872 winning percentage).
Current Argos’ Canadian defensive back Arjen Colquhoun played at Michigan State during the same years Cook was with the Spartans. It’s a connection Toronto can use to their benefit as the Boatmen try to convince Cook to come north. The strong-armed signal caller could be an intriguing addition.
The Argos already have veteran Matt Nichols, McLeod Bethel-Thompson and national Michael O’Connor under contract at the quarterback position. Cook would provide increased competition at the game’s most important position in Toronto. If Cook was able to earn the starting job, it would give the double blue a player with profile Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment could market in The Six.