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Jared Cook wants WR money if Titans use franchise tag

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12:18 PM ET 03.02 | Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook is looking for a bigger paycheck if he lands the franchise tag, requesting to be classified as a wide receiver, NFL.com reported on Friday. Cook has 131 catches for 1,717 yards and eight touchdowns over his four-year career with the Titans, but he is coming off a season ended early by a torn rotator cuff. That isn't stopping Cook from going after the larger paycheck, however, and according to NFL.com, he is ready to make a case to be classified as a wide receiver. It is quite the substantial pay bump to get the franchise tag for a wide receiver. If Cook is successful, he will make $10.537 million next year versus the $6.066 he would make as a tight end. The tight end is the second lowest paid franchise player, only making more than a kicker or a punter. This isn't the first time a tight end has made the case. Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley reportedly was ready to make the same case before eventually signing a two-year contract worth $14 million instead.

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March 2, 2013  12:28 PM ET

523 yards in 2012 makes him the 20th ranked TE. Move his stats into the Wide Receivers column and he'd rank 68th in the league. He wants to be paid like a good one, though.

March 2, 2013  01:10 PM ET

I don't Think so!!!

 
March 3, 2013  08:52 AM ET

He ll just ignore him, 532 yds, really ?

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