The Titans were already expected to use the tag on Cook and that report lends pretty strong credence to the notion that Cook will be fitted for a tag sometime very soon. The question may be what kind of tag he’ll be wearing.
Wyatt reports, via sources familiar with the situation, that Cook sees himself as more of a wide receiver than a tight end. That would be an important distinction since wide receivers make almost $5 million more under the franchise tag than tight ends. The CBA states that the tender will “apply to the position in which the player participated in the most plays,” a definition complicated in this case by the fact that Cook lined up in the slot and out wide more than half the time.
“I don’t anticipate it. (Jared’s) been a tight end for us,” General Manager Ruston Webster said when asked about the possibility of a fight over classification.
Cook’s camp couldn’t be reached for comment on an issue that we saw last offseason as well. Jermichael Finley and the Packers were headed to a possible showdown over his position before Finley landed a multiyear deal that landed between the two franchise numbers. That’s a path forward for the Titans and Cook, although it doesn’t sound like there’s too much optimism about avoiding some kind of tag at the moment.