Jared Cook expected to get Titans' franchise tag

  • By Chris Wesseling NFL.com
  • Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 at 08:01 p.m

Impending free agent tight end Jared Cook recently expressed disappointment with the Tennessee Titans' offense as well as the firing of position coach John Zernhelt.

Cook may be ready for a change of scenery, but his wish isn't likely to be granted this year. According to the Tennessean, the Titans are expected to apply the relatively affordable $5.967 million franchise tag to their tight end by the March 4 deadline.

Although there has been no progress on a long-term deal, the team doesn't want to lose the talented pass-catcher without compensation.

Considering the lack of direction on offense, it's hard to blame Cook for his frustrations in Nashville. There is reason for hope that the under-utilized Cook will see an increased role under new coordinator Dowell Loggains, however. Cook saw season-highs in snaps and targets in Loggains' early December debut as play-caller, only to go down with a season-ending shoulder injury the next game.

Expected to be back to full health in time for June minicamps, Cook should be a key chess piece in Loggains' more creative offense.
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