Jared Cook is one of the most exciting tight ends in all of the NFL, and the Tennessee Titans‘s decision to franchise-tag him is a great move. Surely Cook has plenty of upside given his recent success, however, giving him an extension is very risky, and the Titans rightfully avoided it.
This gives Cook another season in a Titans uniform and more importantly, keeps him away from a free agency market that would’ve paid him quite handsomely. Tight end is a position that seems to become more and more in demand each week given the success of teams like the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints, who rely so heavily on that spot in particular.
Cook has the potential to be as good as Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham given his 6-foot-4 and 235 pound frame at just 25-years of age.
2013 was a good season for Cook in particular as he hauled in a career-high four touchdowns in just 13 games. Unfortunately, Cook seemed to hit a head with the Titans management, as his agent reportedly asked the team to trade his client to a contender. Whether it was true or not the trouble still exists, and perhaps it held him back from getting a large extension this time around.
In order for the Titans to compete with the AFC South powerhouse Houston Texans they will need Jake Locker and Cook to connect for years to come and make a formidable connection. In my mind, Cook can make a difference for this team and alongside, Kenny Britt they could easily rival the Green Bay Packers for the most potent offensive targets.