What Should the Tennessee Titans Do With Jared Cook?

By Dan Parzych
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Last season didn’t turn out the way the Tennessee Titans would have liked it to as they finished the year with a 6-10 record–leaving the team with plenty of decision to make during the offseason. One of their biggest decisions–what to do with tight end Jared Cook.

It’s no secret the Titans will bring back Cook for the 2013 season whether it’s through the franchise tag or a new long-term deal, but figuring out which one it will be has been the difficult part. Cook has proven to be effective for Tennessee over the years, but he’s not nearly as effective as some of the other league’s top pass-catching tight ends–which makes their situation interesting.

Cook is coming off a 2012 season in which he caught 44 passes for 523 yards with four touchdowns and while they may want to keep him around for the long run, they could easily get him at a fair price if they don’t want to jump into any long-term decisions too quickly. The cost of the franchise tag for tight ends is expected to be just under $6 million for the 2013 season.

Tennessee may not have as many weapons in the passing game as they would like and having Cook around would certainly be beneficial. Unfortunately, the difficult part is figuring out whether or not it’s worth investing in Cook for the long run, but at least the Titans have some time before they have to settle down on a decision.

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