Tennessee’s Jared Cook was going to argue he was a wide receiver — not a tight end — if he was designated as the Titans’ franchise player. Easy to understand why given the $4 million difference in franchise-tag prices between the positions and the reality that Cook lined up in the slot or split out wide more often than he put his hand in the dirt.
The Titans did not tag Cook, who caught 44 passes in Tennessee last season. That means barring a last-minute deal in Tennessee, he’s headed to the free-agent market.
Seattle has not made a habit of spending big in free agency. In two of the past three years, the Seahawks have sat out the first wave of free agency almost entirely.
But Seattle has also shown a persistent desire to create a formidable tight-end tandem that goes back to 2011 when the Seahawks signed Zach Miller to a big-budget deal with the expectation of pairing him alongside John Carlson. Then Carlson suffered a shoulder injury that cost him the entire season.
Seattle traded for Kellen Winslow a year ago only to release the tight end after he refused the paycut that had been outlined.
Could Cook be another attempt? Well, it’s unlikely given the fact that Seattle already has so much money committed to Miller. But it’s also worth asking because Cook is an accomplished receiver in his mid-20s coming off his first NFL contract. It fits the profile of the type of free agents the Seahawks have gone after that is when they’ve decided to wade into the market.