The Tennessee Titans made a bit of a surprising move on Monday afternoon when they made the decision not to use the franchise tag on tight end Jared Cook.
With the decision, Cook will hit the open market when NFL Free Agency begins on March 12 where he is expected to generate a lot of interest.
One of the teams that is expected to show interest in Cook is the Chicago Bears, per Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
When the deadline passed Monday afternoon, Cook wasn’t tagged, and he’ll likely draw a lot of interest – including from the Bears, according to a league source.
A handful of clubs have a need for a pass-catching tight end, and Cook is arguably the most desirable, given his combination of size (6 foot 5, 246 pounds), speed (4.49 in the 40-yard dash), age (25) and production. In 29 games over the last two seasons, Cook has 93 catches for 1,282 yards and seven touchdowns.
Jensen went on to point out that Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer comes from a very pass happy offense that likes to get the tight end involved in New Orleans.
Cooks biggest gripe with the Titans was their unwillingness to get him involved in the offense and a lack of playing time. If he is pursued by the Bears, this could turn out to be a match made in heaven.