Titans to franchise tag Jared Cook as tight end, according to report

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The Titans will reportedly designate Jared Cook as a tight end when using their franchise tag on him. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Jared Cook has yet to play like an elite tight end, but he's being paid like one now. (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."

Cook lined up in the slot for 56 percent