NASHVILLE, Tenn. In making the biggest move of the off-season thus far, the Tennessee Titans did nothing.
Coveted tight end Jared Cook did not receive the team's franchise tag by Monday's deadline for roster retention. Come Tuesday, should the Titans not be able to re-sign their 2009 third-round draft pick, Cook will enter the free-agency market.
This past weekend, Cook reportedly turned down a long-term contract offer from Titans general manager Ruston Webster and coach Mike Munchak, who had steadfastly proclaimed they would work diligently to make sure Cook returns.
But with Cook apparently not returning to the roster, you can add tight end among the positions of need for the team this off-season, joining interior offensive linemen, defensive line, strong safety and backup running back. Cook's departure comes as a blow to a roster spot that seemed destined for achievement under new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains.
At this stage of the game, though, the Titans made the...