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Report: Jared Cook sees himself as a wide receiver

Jared Cook, Antoine Bethea, Sergio Brown AP

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that there’s no expectation of significant progress on a long-term contract for Titans tight end Jared Cook before the March 4 deadline to use the franchise tag.

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.

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9 Responses to “Report: Jared Cook sees himself as a wide receiver”
  1. tannethrill says: Feb 22, 2013 9:57 AM

    Good for Cook, way to work the system.

  2. uwsptke says: Feb 22, 2013 10:02 AM

    This is deja vu from Finley last year.

    Cook had 44 receptions for 523 yards and 4 TD’s. A WR with similar numbers was Andrew Hawkins (51 for 533 & 4 TD’s). Would you tag Hawkins for $10 mil a year? I don’t think so. Amongst TE’s, Cook was ranked 20th in yards, 24th in receptions, and 17th in TD’s.

    I recognize the guy has some talent, but his production doesn’t warrant being tagged as a WR, and maybe not at all.

  3. enochmh2 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    Madden says you’re tight end jared

  4. cpo187 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:03 AM

    WR’s typically catch the ball.

  5. jjthesportsguy says: Feb 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    Cmon man. Either way you’re getting paid a king’s ransom to play a game. What ever happened to guys like Favre taking 60% of other top quarterbacks so that they team had more cap room?

  6. len462 says: Feb 22, 2013 10:13 AM

    Seems to me to be pretty clear cut. The CBA says what position they played most and over half of his plays he was a receiver not a TE.

    It’s funny how both sides agreed on the CBA and now both spend a lot of time trying to circumvent it.

  7. fuglyflorio says: Feb 22, 2013 10:38 AM

    He should see himself as a QB. They have an even higher cap number.

  8. zn0rseman says: Feb 22, 2013 1:40 PM

    In that case the Vikigs will be moving Percy Harvin to TE this year so they can place the franchise tag on him next year.

  9. hendeeze says: Feb 22, 2013 3:58 PM

    “I see myself as whichever position that has a higher tag number” Said nearly every hybrid player ever.

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