NFL Free Agency Rumors: Jared Cook Could Become Highest Paid Tight End

The Tennessee Titans decided to allow tight end Jared Cook to hit free agency after failing to slap him with the franchise tag. It now looks like the Titans risk could fail to pay off with one of their most talented players leaving on the open market.

Oct 11, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook (89) catches a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee defeated Pittsburgh 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

A report from the Miami Herald says the buzz in league circles is that Cook could receive $8 to $10 million per year in free agency.

A contract with those numbers would make him the league’s highest paid tight end.

If the reports are true, it goes to show that a number of teams are set to aggressively pursue Cook when the clock strikes midnight.

Cook is an incredibly talented player who has been unable to showcase his talents in the Titans offense. The team has expressed a desire to get him more involved, but they may not get that chance if teams come after their free agent tight end.

If Cook leaves the team, expect Taylor Thompson to have a much bigger role in 2013.

Topics: Jared Cook, NFL Free Agecny, Tennessee Titans

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