Head coach Mike Munchak called re-signing tight end Jared Cook “a big priority” during comments he made to reporters Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
“He’s a big priority. He and Sen’Derrick (Marks) and Rob (Bironas),” Munchak said. “Those are three guys we’ve been talking to. Like I said, we can’t control when they’re ready to talk to us. Most players, when they get this close to free agency want to test the market.”
As a former player who went through a pair of labor strikes fighting to make free agency available, Munchak understands their position. He said testing the market doesn’t mean a player does not want to be here, or that the Titans don’t want the player.
“It just means they want to see if there is something better than what we have here,” he said.
GM Ruston Webster said he is on the same page with the coaching staff in their desire to re-sign the dynamic playmaker.
“We’ve always wanted Jared. That hasn’t changed, and I don’t see that changing,” Webster said. “We’re on the same page with the coaching staff. I would think he’ll be with us next year. He’s a big part of our offense. How it gets done, we’ll just have to see.”
Munchak said Cook is a player the Titans feel strongly about.
“We feel a big part about us having success next year is having him in the offense and using him in different ways,” Munchak said. “We feel like he’ll have an opportunity to catch more balls, be more productive and maybe (we’ll) have him be more efficient with the plays he’s in there without overworking him at that position.”
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