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In a report that just came out, Jared Cook is obviously ready to leave the Tennessee Titans and has asked for a trade. The trade deadline is Tuesday and although most people thought that re-signing Cook to a contract extension was a top priority for the Titans, it seems like things could be far different than imagined.
Against the Colts, Jared Cook only played 25 of 59 offensive snaps while his back-up, Craig Stevens played 42 snaps. Michael Roos missed the game due to an emergency appendectomy earlier in the week so maybe Steven played more because he is known as a better blocker. Whatever the reason being for his decresed playing time yesterday one would have to think that it contributed to him asking for a trade.
Of course just because he may seek a trade doesn’t mean the team will entertain that notion. In fact, it is a rare occasion that teams bend to a players wishes about being traded. However, it does show how a player who was thought to be an integral part of the offense heading into the season has become frustrated with what is happening.
One thing that Jared Cook can do is play out the rest of this season and choose to sign with another team in the off-season as an unrestricted free agent. This may be the Cook’s only option.
For a player that seemed to be a huge piece of the offense heading into the season it is shocking to hear that “Cookie”, as he is affectionately known to fans, is asking for a trade. It shows that he is more than a little upset with his role within the offense, and uncertain about where he would fit in this offense in the future.
As a Titans fan I wish I was shocked by this news, but every year I have become accustomed to seeing the Titans organization draft a player, develop a player, and then watch the player leave via free agency. It’s simply washing clothes while being a Titans fan. Wash, Rinse, and Repeat. Over and over the endless rebuilding continues.
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