The NFL offseason continues to be busy despite many major deals completed. Many rumors swirled Friday involving teams that are expected to be in playoff contention.

According to ESPN, the New Orleans Saints are close to signing former Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook. The 31-year-old essentially confirmed that he is heading to New Orleans when he told an ESPN reporter that it would "be pretty awesome" to catch passes from Drew Brees.

Cook is coming off a career season, leading the Raiders in receiving yards (896), targets (101), receptions (68) and touchdowns (6). Cook has finished with at least 360 receiving yards since his second season in the league. 

GettyImages-1031815222 Jared Cook is reportedly close to signing with the New Orleans Saints. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Saints, who narrowly lost the NFC Championship after finishing with a 13-3 record, were in need of a tight end following the retirement of Ben Watson. In 16 games, Watson finished with 35 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns.

The NFL Network's insider Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Field Yates confirmed that the Indianapolis Colts, who recently signed Justin Houston to a two-year contract, met with former Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray on Friday. 

Ray, 25, has struggled through wrist injuries since recording eight sacks in 2016. Should the Colts sign Ray it will likely be to a one-year deal.

Reports surfaced Friday that the Dallas Cowboys brought in former Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka for a visit. However, according to the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys decided to pass on Iloka.

Iloka, who turns 29 on March 31, had 16 tackles for the Minnesota Vikings in 2018.

The Cowboys are expected to be in a tight race with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East and are looking to upgrade strong safety. Clayton Geathers met with the Cowboys on Monday but resigned with the Colts on Wednesday. One safety that is still on the market is veteran Glover Quin.

There are still some rather big names available on the free-agent market, including former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as well as former Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah.