Starting Monday, the Titans will have a two-week window to use a franchise tag on one of their free agents. The team isn’t expected to make the move immediately, however.
While the Titans aren’t obligated to use the tag, they’re expected to do so. Tight end Jared Cook is the most likely player to be tagged, since the Titans don’t want to lose him, and reaching a long-term deal with him any time soon isn’t expected.
The franchise tag for tight ends is expected to be roughly $5.967 million.
Cook, who has 1,717 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches over the past four seasons, is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery. He’s expected to be ready for minicamps in June, however.
Titans kicker Rob Bironas would be the other option for the tag, which would only cost the team roughly $2.928. Signing Bironas to a long-term deal right now figures to be more realistic than getting something done with Cook, however. The deadline for the franchise tag is March 4.
A year ago the Titans placed the franchise tag on Michael Griffin, but later removed the tag after reaching a long-term deal with the safety.
Titans expected to use tag on Jared Cook
Tennessean | Feb 15