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Tennessee Titans Not Using Franchise Tag

Posted: Updated: March 4, 2013 04:22 PM
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) 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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