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Tag coming for Jared Cook on Monday


The annual window for application of the franchise tag closes Monday.  Before it does, the Titans are expected to use theirs on tight end Jared Cook, according to Terry McCormick of

It’s widely believed that Cook will take a page of the Jermichael Finley playbook and file a grievance claiming that Cook actually is a tight end.

It’s a $4.5 million question.  On the surface, Cook seems to have a strong case, given that he lined up in the slot more than half the time in 2012.

The real question, however, is whether and to what extent the tight end position has changed in recent years to contemplate lining up in the slot as being part of the “tight end” position.

Surely, the franchise tender for tight ends has been determined at least in part by the inclusion of players who are “tight ends” but who spend plenty of time lined up in the slot.

With $4.5 million hanging in the balance and nothing to lose by trying, Cook should stand his ground.  And hopefully the grievance will result not in a settlement but in a ruling that will give all other teams guidance in the future when it comes to determining whether a player is a tight end or a wide receiver.

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7 Responses to “Tag coming for Jared Cook on Monday”
  1. scothawk says: Mar 3, 2013 3:43 PM

    Im guessing this is tag and trade anyway.

    let him argue with his new team.

  2. jhein23 says: Mar 3, 2013 3:52 PM

    How about a Jermichael Finley for Jared Cook swap? As a Packers fan I’d much rather have this guy.

  3. dmartin17 says: Mar 3, 2013 4:07 PM

    I think it will be pretty easy to determine. if you line up next to a tackle more than 25% of the time you’re a tight end. WR would very rarely line up on the line next to a tackle if at all.

  4. dmartin17 says: Mar 3, 2013 4:08 PM

    Aaron Hernandez is paying very close attention as are many of the pass catching TEs that are en vogue now.

  5. robinyount19 says: Mar 3, 2013 5:33 PM

    How is this “a page of the Jermichael Finley playbook”? Finley was never tagged.

  6. titansbro says: Mar 3, 2013 6:34 PM

    Hernandez already got paid dummy.

  7. officialgame says: Mar 3, 2013 10:36 PM

    Why piss off one of your players? How is that good for the organization. Work out a long term deal or let the guy walk if you don’t think he is worth the money.

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