The Tennessee Titans entered the offseason with plenty of decisions to make and with the 2013 NFL Draft right around the corner, it appears they already have one decision made–placing the franchise tag on tight end Jared Cook. However, things may be a bit more complicated for both parties as Cook wants to be tagged as a wide receiver–which is nothing short of ridiculous.
From a financial perspective, Cook has every reason in the world to prefer being paid as a wide receiver instead of a tight end since he’ll make more money and even if he lined up as a receiver more during the 2012 season–he’s still a tight end at the end of the day and should be paid like one when it comes to his contract situation. Even when looking at Cook’s numbers as a wide receiver, he only caught 44 passes for 523 yards and four touchdowns last season–so it’s not like his numbers standout when compared to the rest of the league’s top pass-catching tight ends.
While wide receivers will make around $10.5 million with the franchise tag, tight ends are scheduled to make just over $6 million for the franchise tag next season–which is plenty of money for a player with Cook’s numbers. If anything, Cook should just be excited with the fact that Tennessee is willing to pay him that much money for one season because there’s a good chance he won’t be receiving that type of money from any other teams in the league.
Cook just needs to end the nonsense now and accept the payment of the position he plays–which is a tight end.
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