Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook has formally requested a trade due to his lacking role in the Titans offense and the upcoming expiration of his contract this offseason, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean (via Twitter):
Despite being regarded as a highly talented and athletic tight end, Cook played less than 42 percent of the snaps during the Titans' Week 8 loss to the Buffalo Bills and has played in less than 50 percent of the team’s snaps in six of eight of its 2012 contests.
Cook is obviously ready to move on and should be able to field some good value for the Titans in return for a rental to a contending team.
Let’s take a look at a couple of teams that might want to take a look at bringing Cook in for both short- and long-term reasons.
The Pack have been banged up at the wide receiver position, and tight end Jermichael Finley has seen his share of time on the injury report.
Can you imagine double-tight end sets with Finley and Cook along with the other potent receiving threats in Green Bay?
That’d be like stealing candy from a baby for All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers behind center.
They could certainly use some help with Greg Jennings expected to miss more time and Jordy Nelson ailing from a hamstring injury.
Also, don’t forget about Finley’s agent Blake Baratz’s tweet about Aaron Rodgers earlier in the season:
@joe_smith07 ARod is a great QB he isn't a great leader. There's a major difference. Leaders take the blame & make every1 better. He doesn't— Blake Baratz (@blakebaratz) September 14, 2012
That, while not necessarily the view of Finley himself, could account for the Packers looking to make a change at the position.
The Fins aren’t nearly as bad as some projected and are playing some excellent football with rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill in command of the offense.
Anthony Fasano is a decent option and has caught 23 of 35 balls thrown his way for 180 yards and three scores. However, adding a dynamic playmaker like Cook to the fold would help make up for the lacking receiver talent on the outside.
It would also open things up a little more for Brian Hartline to perform instead of drawing blanket coverages from opposing defenses.
The Bears are currently 30th in the NFL in passing and could use some help at the position, as they are legitimate contenders now and in the immediate future.
Trading for Cook could end up costing the team a mid-round pick, what it got in return for Olsen, and that might mean admitting Kellen Davis may not have been the answer.
Davis has just 10 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns through the first seven games of the 2012 campaign.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a B/R Breaking News Team writer and covers the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site. Follow him on Twitter for analysis and updates on the latest news and happenings in the sports world.