Cook may be ready for a change of scenery, but his wish isn't likely to be granted this year. According to the Tennessean, the Titans are expected to apply the relatively affordable $5.967 million franchise tag to their tight end by the March 4 deadline.
Although there has been no progress on a long-term deal, the team doesn't want to lose the talented pass-catcher without compensation.
Considering the lack of direction on offense, it's hard to blame Cook for his frustrations in Nashville. There is reason for hope that the under-utilized Cook will see an increased role under new coordinator Dowell Loggains, however. Cook saw season-highs in snaps and targets in Loggains' early December debut as play-caller, only to go down with a season-ending shoulder injury the next game.
Expected to be back to full health in time for June minicamps, Cook should be a key chess piece in Loggains' more creative offense.Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.