The Titans will reportedly designate Jared Cook as a tight end when using their franchise tag on him. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Tennessee Titans are expected to use its franchise tag on Jared Cook on Monday, setting up a potential fight over his designation as either a tight end or wide receiver.
According to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com, the Titans will name Cook a tight end when placing the tag on him. Cook is expected to fight that designation and instead attempt to earn a tag as a wide receiver.
The difference between the Titans and Cook's opinions is about $4.5 million. A player designated as a tight end would earn $6.7 million under the franchise tag next season, while a wide receiver would earn $10.54 million. According to the Article 9, Section 2 of the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the "tender will apply to the position in which the player participated in the most plays."
According to Pro Football Focus, Cook lined up in the slot for 56 percent
of the 485 snaps he played last season. He was also lined up wide on other plays, which would add to his time as a receiver.