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Titans to franchise tag Jared Cook as TE

3/3/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The deadline to designate franchise tag to impeding free agents closes on Monday. The Tennessee Titans still hold their 2013 franchise tag. While the Tennessee Titans have their eyes on the player who will receive the team’s exclusive one-year deal, there’s no guarantee that the process will go over smoothly or come to a rest with the passing of the deadline.
 
The Tennessee Titans will slap the designated franchise tag of a tight end onto Jared Cook by the March 4 deadline. However, Jared Cook is expected to file a grievance against Tennessee Titans, contesting the position according to which his pay check from the franchise tag has been conceived. Jared Cook claims due to the greatly evolved role of the modern-day tight end, he has played in greater capacity with relevance to the duties of a wide receiver. So, his contract should be drafted from the top 2013 scheduled average salaries of receivers in the NFL.
 
For Jared Cook, it’s a $4.5 million question. Jared Cook has made the case that since he lined up more often in the slot and wideout positions, he qualifies as a receiver. The 25-year-old Jared Cook has planned to fight the case with backing from the NFLPA.  A receiver’s franchise tag would fetch him $10.537 million next season, while according to the recently reported move, a tight end’s one-year exclusive contract only sums up to $6.066 million in 2013.
 
But the real question remains to what extent does lining up in the slot while juggling his blocking responsibilities, classify as playing in capacity as a receiver. The NFL’s collective bargain agreement clearly specifies that “the tender will apply to the position in which the player participated in the most plays."
 
According to Pro Football Focus, Jared Cook played 276 of his 485 snaps in the slot. And when you add to the equation that Jared Cooks was lined up wide on other several other plays during the 2012 season, his percentage serving as a wide receiver to the Tennessee Titans further increases.
 
The issue could eventually end up for decision in front of an arbitrator.
 
Jared Cook finished with 44 catches for 523 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games, including 5 starts last season before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 13. However the Tennessee Titans, who selected Jared Cook in the third round out of South Carolina during 2009, remained committed in a public statement last month towards bringing the fourth-year pro back in 2013.
 
In 59 career games, Jared Cook registered 131 receptions for 1,717 yards and eight touchdowns, though four seasons.
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