NFL Rumors: Titans Misuse of Jared Cook Must Prompt Deadline Deal

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 30, 2012

Oct 21, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook (89) is chased by Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nick Barnett (50) during the second quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

To most teams, trading a 27-year-old, 6'5'', 250-pound tight end who runs like a wide receiver and is second on the club in receptions would be asinine. 

For the Tennessee Titans, trading Jared Cook actually makes sense, even if the team isn't open to a move. 

Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean quoted head coach Mike Munchak, who recently said the following when asked if the team will look to trade their talented tight end:

I don't see that happening, no," coach Mike Munchak said. "I don't see why we would do that. I don't follow that. The agent is calling to stir the pot. This is not the time for those things. Jared is a big part of our team. Jared has made a lot of great catches for us this year. For me it's not something I've thought about at all, so I am hoping it is not on his mind either.

However, an ESPN's AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky scripted a few astute points on Cook's current and potentially future role in the Titans' offense. 

The Titans' run struggles have translated into blocking tight end Craig Stevens being on the field more. Play them both and you're a two-tight end team, and if you're a two tight end team you put a dent into the three-wide receiver plans and personnel you have with Kenny BrittNate Washington and Kendall Wright

Kuharsky's right—Cook has been on the field for only half of the team's offensive snaps thus far, and clearly, he hasn't been able to blossom into the player Tennessee hoped they'd be getting when they selected him in third-round of the 2009 NFL Draft. 

Some of that is on Cook himself, but it's obvious that what the Titans are attempting to do on offense isn't necessarily accentuating the tight end's talents. 

There isn't any reason to believe the team will instantly tailor the offense around Cook, especially with Chris Johnson slowly regaining form, so the tight end is slowly becoming a wasted commodity.

Undeniably, he's a talented player, and the club could receive reasonable compensation in exchange for his services.

It is an unusual situation in Tennessee, but if the Titans aren't going to use Cook as prominently as they should be, why not make a move?