Tennessee Titans’ Jared Cook makes an 18-yard touchdown reception against Indianapolis Colts’ Antoine Bethea and Sergio Brown during the first half on, Sunday, December 9, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision said the Tennessee Titans have decided not to use their franchise tag on anyone, a move letting tight end Jared Cook and kicker Rob Bironas hit the free agent market.
The NFL deadline to designate players with the franchise tag was 4 p.m. EST Monday.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the Titans had not announced their decision.
Cook would receive $6.06 million this season if the Titans use the franchise tag on him as a tight end. A receiver designated a franchise player receives $10.5 million, a difference setting up a dispute over what position Cook actually plays.
Bironas would have earned more than the $2.97 million kicker designation.
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