News broke late yesterday afternoon that tight end Jared Cook would not be franchised (via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean) by the Tennessee Titans. This ultimately means he is set to hit the open market in just seven days, and to the St. Louis Rams that is music to their ears.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher will be pursuing him strongly when free agency begins.
Many fans and media members alike have been making this connection for months now based on the fact that Fisher drafted Cook while he was the head coach of the Titans. And it's relatively safe to assume the interest would be mutual considering the fourth-year pro out of South Carolina has been underutilized for the majority of his career.
Cook has never caught 50 passes in a season or scored more than four touchdowns, so it's easy to see why he would want to go somewhere where he would have a bigger role in the offensive game plan. In 2012, Cook played 56.9 percent of Tennessee's snaps when he was active—a slight decline from his 2011 season, when he played 59.1 percent of the snaps—two extremely low numbers for a tight end who possesses high-end receiving skills.