We know the Titans will keep tight Jared Cook next season, but by what means? If it's by way of the franchise tag, Cook doesn't want to be compensated like a tight end. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, if Cook is tagged, he will argue that he is a wide receiver. Rapoport tweeted Friday, "The argument is ready, the union is ready."
The argument is that Cook was in line on just 26 percent of his snaps last season. He played 67 percent of his snaps out of the slot, the highest percentage of any tight end.
The 2013 franchise tag for a tight end is worth about $6 million. The franchise tag for a wide receiver is worth about $10.5 million
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was planning on making the same argument last year before the two sides agreed to a two-year deal. The belief is that a similar resolution will be reached in Cook's case before he formally contends to be tagged as a wide receiver.
Cook has a lot of ability and teases us with what he can do on the field. If he fulfills his potential, he can be a sure-fire TE1. As it is, he is still more of a sleeper than anything else. On the off chance he is given dual position eligibility, I don't think it would give him much more fantasy value. Up to this point, his numbers have represented those of a WR4.