Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jared Cook's future
By Tom Carpenter
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, tight end Jared Cook remains on track to be recovered from his shoulder surgery in time for June minicamps. In the interim, Cook is set for free agency, though the Tennessee Titans are expected to use the franchise tag on him if they can't work out an extension. Although they can tag Cook as soon as early next week, the Titans aren't in a rush to do so. Tight end franchise tags cost a relatively reasonable $5.967 million, but the Titans may prefer to work out a long-term extension with Cook, if they can convince him it's in his best interest.
Fantasy owners can attest to Cook being under utilized this past season, as he failed to breakout statistically, but ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky thinks that the addition of George Henshaw as tight ends coach and replacing Chris Palmer with Dowell Loggains as OC may help their case in convincing Cook to stick with them for the long term:
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"Cook was miserable last season with Chris Palmer as offensive coordinator. He bemoaned Mike Munchak’s decision to part ways with John Zernhelt as tight ends coach, but the last time George Henshaw coached the position for the Titans, players such as Frank Wycheck and Jackie Harris were quite productive."