UPDATE: Monday, March 4, at 3:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
The Tennessee Titans will not use the tag this season, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
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The St. Louis Rams may try to pull a fast one on the NFL and label Danny Amendola as a tight end, but if Jared Cook gets the franchise tag, he's expected to make the argument that he's a wide receiver.
Are you keeping all of this straight? Perhaps, Terry McCormick of TitansInsider can help you sort it out:
Barring a last-ditch deal, then sometime on Monday, the Tennessee Titans are expected to place the franchise tag on tight end Jared Cook.
For the Titans, the emphasis of that sentence is not "franchise tag" or even "Jared Cook." It is on "tight end," which is what the team drafted Cook to be and will regard him as, as it pertains to applying the franchise tag.
That cost will be $6.07 million to the Titans, but Cook, as has been reported numerous places, could be angling to be tagged as a wide receiver, given that he played more than half his snaps lined up in the slot position. The receiver franchise tag is a much more lucrative $10.54 million.
It's certainly an interesting debate. I think most fans and even players would describe Cook as a tight end, but with the changing nature of the position, Cook certainly won't be the last player to make this argument.
Imagine if this was Aaron Hernandez, for instance. Is it really accurate to label Hernandez a tight end? We've seen him in the slot, split out wide, playing running back and taking snaps out of the Wildcat.
Cook likely won't win this battle if he gets the tag, but he'll certainly be bringing forth an interesting debate as the tight end position continues to evolve in the modern game.